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MONTREAL, JUNE 15, 2015- For the fourth consecutive year, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has handed out Green awards and grants to different schools, this time worth $24,870.

The EMSB Green Plan Committee received and reviewed many submissions, which reflected the Green Action Plan of various schools. The aim here is to help schools, centres, and the Administration Building implement and fund future environmental initiatives ensuing from their action plans.

Green awards of $1,000 were presented to Willingdon Elementary School in NDG for planting Community Food Gardens (Pillar 3); Vincent Massey High School in Rosemount for creating a Community Remembrance Garden (Pillar 2); and James Lyng High School in St. Henri was awarded a $1,000 and an additional $1, 000 in recognition, for developing Rooting our Education, which was the planting of a living educational space as well as the installment of an urban agriculture bin garden (Pillar 1).

Green grants in the Oak Category of $3,000 were awarded to Parkdale Elementary School in St. Laurent for the Parkdale Arboretum; Edinburgh Elementary School in Montreal West for the Edinburgh Garden of Eden; James Lyng High School in St. Henri for their Lifecycle Education Initiative; and Willingdon Elementary School in NDG for their plan for the creation of the “Willingdon Food Gardens.”

Green grants in the Maple Category of $2,000 were awarded to John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel for their Green Team  plan; and Royal West Academy in Montreal West for their plan for  Sustainable Energy in the Classroom.

In addition, also in the Maple Category, Michelangelo Elementary School in Rivières-des-Prairies received $1,200 for their existing garden with their Garden Enhancement and Expansion plan, while Edward Murphy Elementary School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve was awarded $1,300 to create a garden in their Schoolyard Greening and Gardening plan.

Green grants in the Willow Category were awarded Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension in the amount of $610 for the creation of the Sinclair Laird Flower Garden; Dalkeith Elementary in Anjou was awarded $760 for their plans for an Edible School Yard- Garden Project; John Paul I Junior High School in St-Léonard received $1,000 for their plans for Increasing Eco-Friendly Transportation; and the  Green Art Team” at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount received $1,000 for their efforts to educate youth on healthy lifestyles choices.

“The EMSB would like to congratulate all the schools that continue to demonstrate their dedication and creative abilities in an effort to remain environmentally conscious,” stated EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213