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

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Place: Metro Central YMCA
20 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario

Secondary school students and teachers from Toronto, Peel, York and Durham
Regions, local business, government and community organizations will be
participating in the second day of 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.
One hundred seventy students and 80 teachers from 35 schools are participating
and have formed Action Teams. These Action Teams are taking on Sustainability
Action Projects with the support of over 60 community partners. Projects range
from schoolyard naturalization to recycling projects, from sustainability
conferences to water and air quality monitoring.

On March 26 the 320 participants will reconvene to share successes, stumbling
blocks and further develop their Action Projects.

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.

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.

Media Contacts:
Elaine Rubinoff - Ontario Project Manager, LSFO,
416-327-2032
Anne McLaughlin - Corporate Communications,
416-397-5707


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