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Generation Green Awards launched

Vancouver Foundation today launched the Generation Green Awards -- a special, 
one-time initiative that will provide cash awards of up to $12,500 for environmental projects created by young people aged 6 to 24.

January 17, 2011 -- Vancouver Foundation today launched the Generation Green Awards -- a special, 
one-time initiative that will provide cash awards of up to $12,500 for environmental projects created by young people aged 6 to 24.

The Generation Green Awards are open to individuals or groups who want to improve the environment in a Vancouver neighbourhood. Applicants have until March 4 to submit their idea. A total of 20 awards will be given for small ideas and big ideas from the following age groups:

  • 6-12 (three awards of $1,250, and three awards of $12,500)
  • 13-17 (three awards of $1,250, and three awards of $12,500)
  • 18-24 (four awards of $1,250, and four awards of $12,500)

"We wanted to find a way to celebrate the City of Vancouver's 125th anniversary and also support the City's larger goals of becoming the greenest in the world," said Faye Wightman, President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation. "What better way to accomplish that goal than to get our young people to let their imaginations go green, and then provide them with funding to implement their green neighbourhood ideas."
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson welcomed these unique awards and made his own challenge to the city's children and youth.

"I am hopeful the youth of today will become known as the green generation," said Mayor Robertson. "I am challenging our city's young people to send in their best ideas for how they would make their neighbourhood greener. Since these awards are open to a variety of ideas -- from promoting recycling, saving energy, encouraging more cycling and walking, using waste in innovative ways, etc. -- I am eager to see how imaginative are young people can be."

The deadline to apply for the Generation Green Awards is March 4, 2011.

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The top 20 projects will be chosen for awards in April 2011.
Award winners will have until October 2011 to complete their project.

With more than 1,300 funds, and assets of $720 million, Vancouver Foundation is Canada's largest community foundation. Since it was founded in 1943, Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with its donors, has distributed about $800 million to BC charities.
 

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