UTRCA Launches GREEN Program in Stratford (media release, October 24, 2017)
Oct 24, 2017 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA), in partnership with GM Canada, Earth Force and Stratford Motor Products, is launching the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) Program in Stratford. This is the first GREEN Program in Canada to be offered through the GM dealer network instead of a GM manufacturing or parts facility.
On October 26, local students will be in TJ Dolan Park to collect in-stream data as part of the GREEN Program.
“Starting this fall, Grade 7 and 8 students from St. Aloysius School will participate in the Stratford program,” said Vanni Azzano, UTRCA Community Education Supervisor. “Students will investigate the environmental conditions in their community through tours and collecting in-stream data. Then they’ll go back to the classroom to interpret the data, brainstorm project ideas to improve local environmental conditions, focus on a project idea and implement a project in the spring.”
Steve Jarrett, President of Stratford Motor Products said, “This program creates opportunities for young people to learn more about the watersheds they live in and use what they learn to create lasting solutions for important water quality issues.”
Huron-Perth District Catholic School Board
Stratford Motor Products
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
The GREEN program began in 1984 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. GM became a financial and volunteer contributor in 1989. GREEN creates opportunities for young people to learn more about the watersheds they live in and to use what they learn to create lasting solutions for pressing water quality issues. The program engages young people to be knowledgeable about watersheds and their problems, to have the skills to solve those problems, and to be motivated to work toward a solution.
In 2014, GM Canada brought the GREEN program north of the border. Partnering with the UTRCA, the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board, grade 7 and 8 classes in Woodstock and Ingersoll participate in the program every year (see video).