Toronto, Ontario – A group from Russia has been selected as the winner of the Volvo Adventure competition, an environmental problem-solving program created by Volvo Car Corporation in partnership with the United Nations. Students aged 13 to 16 years must plan and execute environmental protection efforts in their local community, with one team from each participating country awarded a trip to Sweden to present the project. Canada was represented by the Sustainable Development Committee of Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, who presented a project centred on reducing the energy required to power and heat their school.
The “Green Sail” team from Russia presented a project on the rescue and reviving of an endangered and environmentally-sensitive urban park in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. The team received a top prize of US$10,000. Second place went to a team from Macedonia for a project on saving the nation’s endangered water buffalo population; third place went to a team from Comoros, an island in the Indian Ocean, for a project to save the Hawksbill Turtle from extinction.
“Any of these projects could have won the 2008 Volvo Adventure,” said Olle Axelson, Vice-President, Public Affairs at Volvo Cars. “The jury has executed a very difficult job with great judgment, integrity and distinction, and I would thank our partners JNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) for their support, as well as congratulating these highly-motivated young environmentalists all over the world for taking part.”