July 18, 2005

Wal-Mart supports Green Grants

In related activities, Wal-Mart Canada has joined with Evergreen to contribute close to $300,000 for the initial 37 grants under the new Green Grants program. This partnership with Evergreen is the first of its kind for Wal-Mart Canada, although the company has an established track record of supporting a range of environmental initiatives focusing on land conservation, environmental education and green power.

The Green Grants program provides funds of up to $10,000 each to local community groups for projects focused on the restoration of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, ravines, and other projects. The program is open to all community groups working collaboratively with their local municipality or other institutional partners, including government agencies, crown corporations or publicly-funded institutions such as hospitals or universities.

Proposed projects must be open to all and be located entirely on lands that are publicly accessible, such as public lands owned by a government agency, non-profit organization or public institution. All projects must also use native plants. Among the groups and projects being supported by the Wal-Mart Canada-Evergreen Green Grant program for 2005 are:

*Musqueam Ecosystem Conservation Society, in Vancouver, (preservation of the Musqueam Creek Estuary, the last wild salmon stream in Vancouver);

*Centennial College Environmental Student Society, in Scarborough, Ontario (for a major environmental restoration project for Morningside Park and the Centennial College campus);

*Spirit Way, in Thompson, Manitoba (for the boreal forest and Spirit Way walkway project in northern Manitoba);

*Healthy Options for People and the Environment (HOPE), in Georgetown, Ontario (for projects to naturalize a highly visible traffic area with native plants and flowers and to create the Sargent Road Boulevard Garden in Georgetown);

*Okotoks River Valley Committee, in Okotoks, Alberta (for the Riverside Community Naturalization Plan);

*Save Our Seine, in Winnipeg, Manitoba (for work to preserve and restore the Seine River);

*Township of King, King City, Ontario (for preservation of the Dufferin marsh);

*the Malton Environmental Stewardship Project, in Mississauga, Ontario;

*East Don Parkland Partners, in Toronto (for conservation of the East Don Parklands);

*Comité Zip du lac Saint-Pierre, in Louiseville, Quebec (for preservation and restoration work in Lac Saint-Pierre);

*Comité Zip-Saguenay, in La Baie, Quebec (for preservaton and restoration of La rivière Ha! Ha!);

More information on the Wal-Mart-Evergreen partnership is available from Andrew Pelletier at Wal-Mart Canada, 905/821-2111, ext 4585, and on other Evergreen activities from Keith Treffry at Evergreen, 416/596-1495, ext 225, Web site www.evergreen.ca.

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