Cold Lake Students Learn about the Petroleum Industry and Sustainable Development

May 21, 2010 - Calgary, Alberta

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 Cold Lake on May 25th, reaching over 80 children. The grade five and six students at R.A. Reynolds and Grand Centre will enjoy a morning session of games and activities presented by Inside Education then spend the afternoon decorating bird and bat houses and planting fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers at the new Cold Lake Middle School.

"Acting as the team lead for the program this year has been an amazing experience," said Courtney Blackmore, environmental advisor for Imperial Oil Cold Lake Operations. "The Energy in Action program represents a great opportunity for industry to interface with members of the community to provide schoolchildren with a beautiful outdoor classroom. It is our hope that by working with the children to create the project they will gain an enhanced appreciation of the environment and the positive effects they can have on it when they choose to get involved."

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.