For Immediate Release
Taking the classroom outdoors to "Engage, Connect and Inspire!" is the theme behind this year's Energy in Action 2010 program. This annual initiative lead by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and a team of committed oil and gas companies brings together industry professionals with students in eight rural operating communities to talk about petroleum, responsible resource development and the importance of preserving our natural environment. Then the students will put their new knowledge to work by rolling up their sleeves and planting trees, vegetables and flowers, building bird houses and creating greener outdoor environments where they can learn and play.
"Kids are very enthusiastic about learning if they can get involved and use their hands," says Tom Huffaker, CAPP's Vice President, Policy and Environment. "By bringing the classroom into nature, Energy in Action demonstrates CAPP's commitment to sustainable resource development and the students learn how to become good stewards of their local environments."
CAPP will deliver Energy in Action 2010 to Dawson Creek on May 19th, reaching 50 children. The students in grades four to six at Tremblay Elementary School will enjoy a morning session of games and activities presented by Inside Education, and then spend the afternoon planting trees, shrubs and flowers and building an outdoor classroom designed as a medicine circle.
"Energy in Action captures our commitment as an industry to working with kids on environmental stewardship," said Jason Veness, stakeholder engagement, ConocoPhillips Canada. "It's a great way for us to work positively with the community toward common goals and interests and to leave a legacy piece behind."
Since 2004, 52 companies and more than 1,629 company volunteers have participated in events in 49 communities across Canada. Together they have planted nearly 4,700 trees and shrubs, and taught close to 5,000 students about energy resources and the benefits of careful resource development.
CAPP represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies produce about 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a $110-billion-a-year national industry that provides essential energy products.