Toronto, Ontario – Volvo Cars of Canada has announced that a team from Winnipeg will represent Canada in Sweden at the Volvo Adventure finals, an international initiative for students to identify and solve local environmental problems. The Sustainable Development Committee of Vincent Massey Collegiate earned the spot by drafting and enacting a plan to reduce the energy required to power and heat its school.
The students will depart for Göteborg, Sweden on May 8 to present their project, “Energetic Energy Education”, to judges from Volvo, the United Nations, and to an audience of international peers. The students are Annalise Erkelens Hagere Selam Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, Gladys Ka-Dic Yeung, Erin Collins, Mikhail Peter Kozub, and Victor Toan Le, who will be accompanied by leaders Ken Corley and Sherrill Winstanley.
The team’s plan involves a four-stage program to reduce the school’s energy consumption. In 2006, the team drafted a plan to purchase and integrate a wind turbine and solar cells into the school’s power grid, install a “green roof” to reduce heating costs, and construct a greenhouse to grow food, which will provide vegetables to the school’s cafeteria and a mission for the homeless, with biodegradable waste for compost.
The Volvo Adventure encourages 13- to 16-year-olds to plan and execute environmental protection efforts in the local community. The projects are submitted online, and one team from each participating country is awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Sweden to present the project. The teams are competing for a top prize of US$10,000.