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City Announces Winning School for 2012/2013 Climate Change Showdown Contest

walnut road elementary school students

June 18, 2013

Surrey, BC – Students at Walnut Road Elementary in Surrey were noted as the winners of the City’s 2012/13 Climate Change Showdown announced at the June 17 Regular Council Meeting. The city-wide elementary school contest involved students in an interactive board game and workshops designed to educate students about sustainability and climate change solutions.

“The program is an excellent way to educate and engage students about climate change by involving them first hand in interactive activities that help teach about environmental consequences of personal and community actions,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “There were some excellent submissions from the students and I want to congratulate everyone who took part in the contest.”

Echoing Mayor Watts' comments, Ms. Manpreet Sanghara, teacher of the winning Grade 5/6 class at Walnut Road Elementary said, “I am very proud of my students for taking the time to make positive changes at home to conserve energy. Many students went above and beyond expectations and encouraged their parents to make these changes as well.”

The winning class with its 29 students at Walnut Road Elementary were competing against eight other elementary schools across the city. The top three individual players across participating schools, each with 4,300 points in their contest results, were also acknowledged: 

  • Maven from Mrs. Romano’s class at Green Timbers Elementary 
  • Ravneet from Mr. Marounek’s class from David Brankin Elementary 
  • Richard from Ms. Andres’ class at Fraser Wood Elementary

Since 2010, the City has worked with the BC Sustainable Energy Association to deliver the Climate Change Showdown in Surrey elementary schools, with different schools participating each year to ensure district coverage. This year’s participating students received worksheets, multimedia materials and a take-home brochure printed in English, Mandarin and Punjabi containing tips to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

“The City thanks the Surrey School District and our teachers for their support, and the BC Sustainable Energy Association for their efforts in scheduling and delivering these engaging sessions,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the City’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee. “Programs like the Climate Change Showdown support the City’s Sustainability Charter goals and help move us toward a more sustainable future.”

Nine Surrey schools participated in the 2012/13 program, and through their participation in the contest activities, students were able to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 370 tonnes: 

  • Green Timbers Elementary 
  • George Greenaway Elementary 
  • Walnut Road Elementary 
  • David Brankin Elementary 
  • Don Christian Elementary
  • Erma Stephenson Elementary 
  • Forsyth Road Elementary 
  • Fraser Wood Elementary 
  • Georges Vanier Elementary

For more information about Surrey’s Sustainability program visit

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Media Contacts

For program info contact:
Anna Mathewson
Sustainability Manager, City Manager’s Department

Media contact:
Judy Mann
Executive Assistant, Office of the Mayor