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

May 12, 2011 - Edson, 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 Edson on May 16th, reaching over 85 children. The grades four and five students at École Westhaven School will enjoy a morning session of games and activities presented by Inside Education and then spend the afternoon planting spruce saplings along a kilometer of old cutline in one of Edson's parks.

"We're really pleased to see so many companies come out and help with the Energy in Action projects in Edson today," said Jan Palsen, Community Engagement Advisor for Talisman Energy and Energy in Action Team Lead. "It's great to see everyone working together doing a real hands-on project that has such positive and immediate impacts on our community. Energy in Action first visited Edson back in 2004 on our very first run of this program. The students we taught then are now in grades 11 and 12. We look forward to teaching energy literacy and environmental stewardship to a new generation of Edson students!"

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.