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February 25, 2002
Media Advisory: Students participating in creating a sustainable GTA
Date: Tuesday, February 26 and Tuesday, March 26

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Place: Metro Central YMCA
20 Grosvenor St.

Secondary school students and teachers from Toronto, Peel, York and Durham
Regions, and local business, government and community organizations will be
participating in a two-day conference, Creating a Sustainable GTA: Linking
Education to Action, to develop projects that address local sustainability
issues confronting their communities.

The goal of this conference is to help youth make a difference in their cities.
Participating schools will form an action team composed of teachers and
students. As part of the conference, action team members will take on a
sustainability action project with community partners.

This two-day event, organized by Learning for a Sustainable Future -- Ontario
(LSFO), is part of a province-wide initiative designed to heighten the
awareness of students and teachers of local sustainability issues, encourage
community involvement and partnerships, and empower students to take action on
a local sustainability issue. The conference will address issues such as
affordable housing, child poverty, water pollution, waste management, gridlock,
climate change and community economic development.

The City of Toronto's Sustainability Roundtable is one of the partners
supporting the event. Toronto Council member Jack Layton, Chair of the City's
Sustainability Roundtable and Sustainability Advocate for the City, will give
the keynote address at the conference.

Learning for a Sustainable Future is a non-governmental organization created in
1991 to promote education for sustainability throughout the formal school
systems of Canada. The Toronto conference is the eighth in a series of 10
organized throughout the province. Seven-hundred students, teachers and
community groups have already participated in conferences in Kingston, Ottawa,
Carleton Place, Sudbury, London, Peterborough and Guelph.

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