Suncor Energy Inc.

Suncor Energy Inc.

June 11, 2007 00:00 ET

Fort McMurray students get their feet wet with river education

Fort McMurray, Alberta (Tuesday, June 11, 2007) — The award-winning RiverWatch Environmental Education program will take high school students out of the classroom to teach them about local river systems. The program is made possible through a three-year $600,000 investment from the Suncor Energy Foundation to RiverWatch Science Beyond Books. 

"Corporate and government financial contributions have a significant impact on the affordability of the RiverWatch program and help ensure equal opportunity for Alberta students to benefit from this enhanced learning program," says Jill Diamond, RiverWatch fund development manager. "Suncor Energy Foundation's long-term funding commitment  moves us closer to achieving this goal."

The RiverWatch Environmental Education program provides engaging field study experiences that help students monitor aquatic ecosystems. It launched during Environment Week, June 3-9, when more than 200 students traveled along a six-kilometre route down the Clearwater River.

The ability to conduct field research and see wastewater technicians at work encourages students along career pathways in environmental science. This year, nearly 7,000 Alberta students will spend a day with RiverWatch in studies of environmental chemistry and biology along rivers in their communities.

"Through programs like RiverWatch, we are helping to enhance students' environmental awareness," says Cathy Glover, director of the Suncor Energy Foundation. "We would like to see students across Alberta participate in this learning opportunity on rivers important to their community."

The Suncor Energy Foundation is a private, non-profit charitable foundation established by Suncor to receive Suncor's contributions and support registered Canadian charitable organizations. As an 'Imagine Caring Company,' Suncor invests at least one per cent of average domestic pre-tax profits to charitable and non-profit causes each year.

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For more information, please contact:

Jill Diamond, RiverWatch Science
(403) 630-3280

Cathy Glover, director Suncor Energy Foundation
(403) 205-6806