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June 5, 2000
Mayor Lastman and Councillors congratulate 'Cool' Schools
  
Twenty-one Toronto schools will be recognized for projects that help reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and climate change. Cool Schools, a
program of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund Foundation, has awarded grants of up to
$2,500 to each of these schools. Mayor Mel Lastman and Councillors representing
the wards of the winning schools will make presentations to student
representatives from each school.

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2000
Time: 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Place: Members' Lounge, City Hall

The Cools Schools Program encourages students and teachers to be involved in
hands-on activities that aim to make climate change relevant to everyday school
life. Cool Schools awards grants to individual schools to enable them to:
- Increase educational curriculum materials related to climate change;
- Promote alternative transportation to schools;
- Improve school ground greenspace; and
- Promote alternative energy source.
School projects include such activities as schoolground naturalization,
installation of bike racks, and bike workshops, green transportation events,
energy conservation programs, or curriculum materials.

The Cool Schools Program was established in 1996. This year alone, the program
has awarded $50,900 to schools that engage their students through curriculum
materials or activities to reduce pollution, fight climate change, and make
their schoolgrounds places of learning that are healthier and more enjoyable.


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