HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - October 18, 2016) - Through its partnership with Volunteer Houston, the Just Energy Foundation was delighted to break ground with the first-ever Just Energy Sustainable Garden at Brookline Elementary School in Houston on Thursday October 13th.
The initiative supports Volunteer Houston's Sustainable Schoolyards youth education program and complements Just Energy's commitment to investing in the environment while adding value to communities. The outdoor classroom cultivates an opportunity where children can learn about sustainability hands-on, and the important part they play as stewards of our earth.
Approximately 50 Just Energy staff from across the US and Canada were joined by Volunteer Houston representatives and Brookline teachers, staff and students to dig, plant and water, all the while encouraging the youngsters as they learned first-hand about environmental responsibility. The event was capped with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.
"It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside these young people and to see their joy and enthusiasm," says Amy Gasca, Executive Director of the Just Energy Foundation. "Not only are we making a choice for the environment today, we are cultivating and empowering our students to be the leaders and change makers of tomorrow. Going forward, we hope to duplicate the success of the Just Energy Sustainable Garden across more of Just Energy's markets, including New York City, Boston, California, and Toronto, among others."
"The Just Energy Sustainable Garden will ensure that thousands of elementary school kids have access to the facilities, resources, and progressive programming that they deserve in their education," says Ricky Graboski, Community Engagement Manager of Volunteer Houston. "This opportunity will foster the development of higher achieving and more fulfilled students, all while engaging the Houston community in continued volunteer service. The dedication and generosity of The Just Energy Foundation in turning the Sustainable Schoolyards concept into a reality is a powerful model for all corporations looking to make an impact nationwide."
About Just Energy Foundation:
The Just Energy Foundation was established in 2013 by Just Energy Group Inc. to help registered Canadian and U.S. charitable organizations secure the resources required to promote the health and well-being of communities in need. Funded entirely by Just Energy, the Foundation invests in local programs that work to enhance the quality of life in Just Energy's operating markets towards building stronger and supportive communities. Visit justenergyfoundation.com to learn more.
About Volunteer Houston:
For 41 years, Volunteer Houston has been the Houston's sole referral service connecting volunteers to a broad spectrum of diverse nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations all around Houston and its vicinity rely on Volunteer Houston to acquire over 50,000 volunteers per year.
About Just Energy Group Inc.:
Established in 1997, Just Energy (NYSE: JE) (TSX: JE) is an energy management solutions provider specializing in electricity, natural gas, solar and green energy. With offices located across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, Just Energy serves approximately two million residential and commercial customers. The company offers a wide range of energy products and home energy management services including long-term fixed-price, variable price, and flat bill programs, smart thermostats, and residential solar solutions. Just Energy Group Inc. is the parent company of Amigo Energy, Commerce Energy, Green Star Energy, Hudson Energy, JE Solar, Tara Energy and TerraPass. Visit justenergygroup.com to learn more. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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