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Forests Ontario Announces 2017 Ontario Envirothon Champion

Ontario’s largest environmental competition connects youth to the outdoors

LINDSAY, ON, May 31, 2017 — Today marked the final day of the 2017 Envirothon—Ontario’s largest environmental competition. The top 100 students, from across the province, congregated at Lindsay Ontario’s Fleming College with hope their team would be titled Ontario Envirothon Provincial Champions.

This year’s Ontario Envirothon Champion is University of Toronto Schools from Toronto, who triumphed over 20 other Ontario teams. The team from Waterloo Collegiate Institute from Waterloo and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School from St. Catharines placed second and third, respectively. Cash prizes were provided to these top teams, thanks to the generous support of Maple Leaves Forever.

“Each year, the Envirothon tasks hundreds of students to create solutions to present day environmental challenges,” explains Rob Keen, CEO at Forests Ontario. “The program provides opportunities for students to learn from leaders in the environmental sector, and equips them to make informed decisions in their educations and careers.”

The Ontario Envirothon is a province-wide program that celebrates students’ passion for the outdoors and engages them to be part of a team. In the months leading up to the provincial championship, hundreds of students competed in smaller, regional competitions. The winning teams from Canada’s provincial championships will go on to compete with their American counterparts at the 2017 North American Envirothon Finals, to be held at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland from July 23-29, 2017.

This year, 100 apple trees were planted on the Fleming campus for the Ontario Envirothon Legacy Project. The Legacy Project provides a chance for the students to give back to the competition’s host, as well as giving back to the environment. These apple trees will be used as a teaching tool for the Sustainable Agriculture program at Fleming and, increase carbon sequestration in the area, and provide delicious fruit to Fleming’s students and staff for years to come.

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About Forests Ontario

Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:

Jessica Kaknevicius

Director of Forest Education and Awareness, Forests Ontario

416-464-1193 ext. 226

jkaknevicius@forestsontario.ca