Suncor Energy Inc.

Suncor Energy Inc.

May 01, 2006 00:00 ET

RiverWatch Science Education Program receives $96,000 donation from the Suncor Energy Foundation

This news release was issued by RiverWatch Science Education Program and Suncor Energy Foundation

Calgary, Alberta (May 2, 2006) - RiverWatch Science Beyond Books is pleased to announce that the Suncor Energy Foundation has funded the RiverWatch Environmental Education program in the amount of $96,050. The funding is a major contribution to a new project implemented by RiverWatch for their 2006 spring and fall seasons.

The RiverWatch project will be the first science field trip to document tangible results showing how environmental education can have an impact on the personal environmental stewardship actions of students. The long term outcome of this project will show more Alberta students changing their day-to-day behaviors that impact the protection of water quality and conservation of water.

Suncor funding has been significant in contributing to subsidizing student fees for the 2006 RiverWatch season. This is the first year student user fees have been subsidized since the programs inception in 1995. The fee subsidy has allowed schools and students with limited financial resources to participate in this unique, one of a kind field trip program.

"RiverWatch is a unique user-pay and not-for-profit science field trip program that depends upon community and corporate support for operational and capital equipment costs. We certainly appreciate the significant contribution the Suncor Energy Foundation has made to our new project," says RiverWatch fund development manager, Jill Diamond. 

The award-winning RiverWatch Science Program provides engaging field study experiences that help students monitor aquatic ecosystems and increase their scores on provincial and international achievement tests. Teacher testimonials attribute the program to a student improvement increase of 15% on science provincial test scores.

The opportunity to conduct field research and see wastewater technicians at work also encourages students along career pathways in environmental science. Each year, nearly 4,000 Calgary students spend a day with RiverWatch in studies of environmental chemistry and biology along the Bow River.

Lori Gammell will represent the Suncor Energy Foundation at a cheque presentation ceremony on Friday, May 5th at the RiverWatch launch site at Cushing Bridge in Inglewood off Blackfoot and Deerfoot. The cheque presentation will be attended by the Matthew Halton grade 9 science classes who will be participating in the field trip program that day.

For more information, please contact:
Jill Diamond
RiverWatch Science
(403) 660-3288 (cell)