During the Environmental Advisory Board meeting tonight (March 14), the 2018 Eco Youth award winners will have the chance to present their proposals.

Mara Pratt, the Education Coordinator with the City of Airdrie, describes the presentations.

"At the environmental advisory board meeting, we are going to have a number of the award recipients presenting and then receiving their awards. I'm hoping to hear back from Fortis Alberta as I've invited them, being the major sponsor of this award, to be there to present. Many of the recipients will have their friends and family in the audience to watch them present their proposals which is kind of magic and awesome."

Pratt says there should be 8 teams presenting.

"They're in groups of two because they submitted in teams. There's going to be 8, and then potentially 2 more, I'm just waiting to hear back from them."

With the ECO Youth award, youth have the chance to work on projects with a focus on the environment. 

"It's to recognize youth and provide financial aid to enhance projects with an environmental focus. They can have a current project or propose a new project to compete with the proposal for, potentially, the award. They can cover any topic, obviously with the environmental focus. It's not limited to climate change. (It can be) water, air, waste or recycling, soil, transportation, food, energy"

The award, says Pratt, is quite a big deal for the winners.

"It's pretty huge. Today, I was at St. Martin de Porres' pep rally and 8 of the students that are actually going to be presenting tomorrow night (were) kind of being highlighted at the school. They came up in front of (the entire) school. It's definitely something special for them."


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