Energy in Action in Janvier, AB: Empowering a generation of environmental stewards

May 09, 2011 - Janvier, Alberta

It will take more than blowing snow and freezing temperatures to keep Canada's oil and gas industry from embracing spring. From May 3rd to May 31st, 2011, nearly 600 students from 10 schools across western Canada will participate in Energy in Action. This unique program of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has been delivering the message of energy literacy and environmental stewardship since 2004. Energy in Action strengthens relationships between oil and gas companies and the communities where they operate. It also promotes collaboration amongst industry, schools, local businesses, governments and environmental organizations.

CAPP will bring Energy in Action 2011 to Janvier on May 11th, reaching over 35 children. The grades three to six students at Father Perin School will enjoy a morning session of games and activities presented by Inside Education and then spend the afternoon learning about bird habitats, building bird boxes with Calgary's own Birdman, Andrew Stiles and planting flowers in their school yard.

"Energy In Action is a great opportunity for the oil and gas industry to get out in the local communities and build relationships," says Kat Ellithorpe, community investment coordinator, oil sands, ConocoPhillips Canada and Energy in Action team lead. "We are pleased to work with other members of our industry to bring this exciting environmental initiative to the youth of Janvier. Environmental stewardship is important to our company and we're hoping Energy in Action fosters their excitement about sustainable development in their own community."

The program will continue to roll out the entire month of May at schools in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The students will begin their day learning about the petroleum industry, responsible resource development, renewable energy and the importance of preserving our natural environment. Then they will put their new knowledge to work by rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty with environmental activities, such as building unique outdoor classrooms, learning about local bird habitats, building bird houses and growing fruits, vegetables and flowers in their school yards.

"It is important for industry to help teach the next generation about the importance of our natural world and the relationship between the environment and the energy systems that also sustain our quality of life," says Tom Huffaker, CAPP's Vice President, Policy and Environment. "Energy in Action demonstrates CAPP's commitment to sustainable resource development and teaches the students that we all have a role to play in taking care of our environment."

Since 2004, 59 companies and close to 2,000 company volunteers have participated in EIA events in 55 different communities and 75 schools across Canada. Collectively, they have planted almost 6,400 trees and shrubs, and taught nearly 6,000 students, teachers and community residents about the petroleum industry 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.