Central Elementary School students put Energy in Action

May 21, 2008 - Lac La Biche, Alberta

Grade four students at Central Elementary School will be replacing textbooks with gardening tools on May 22 as part of a program aimed at promoting energy education and conservation.

The Energy in Action program incorporates a morning classroom session on the petroleum industry and environmental stewardship, delivered by Inside Education. A networking lunch for teachers, community members and energy company employees will take place at 11:45 a.m. Students will then get their hands dirty by partnering with local oil and gas industry employees for a foyer beautification and environmental activity beginning at 1:15 p.m.

"Energy in Action is an excellent opportunity for young people to learn about the importance of energy conservation and gives us another way to give back to the communities in which we operate," said Tamara Rabinovitch, Public Affairs Advisor for Devon Canada. "The program also does a great job of teaching students about how the energy sector works and supports environmental initiatives."

Since 2004, 47 companies and more than 1,200 company volunteers have participated in events in 32 communities across Canada. Together they have planted nearly 3,000 trees and shrubs, and taught more than 2,800 students about energy resources and the benefits of careful resource development.

"Energy in Action is just one example of our members' commitment to Stewardship," said Brian Maynard, Vice President, Stewardship and Public Affairs, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. "Stewardship is a commitment to responsible resource development, including reducing our environmental footprint, improving worker safety, and being a good neighbour in the community. It is also about setting a good example for the next generation."

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is the voice of the upstream oil and natural gas industry in Canada. CAPP represents 140 member companies who explore for, develop and produce more than 95 per cent of Canada's natural gas, crude oil, oil sands and elemental sulphur.

Devon Canada Corporation is the Canadian operating subsidiary of Devon Energy Corporation of Oklahoma City. The company's portfolio of oil and gas properties provides stable, environmentally responsible production and a strong platform for future growth. Devon Canada employs approximately 1,500 people in Calgary and in its Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan field operations. The company has approximately 5,000 employees worldwide.