Canon New Zealand announces today that its 2015 environmental grants programme is open and calls for not-for-profit organisations and schools championing environmental initiatives to apply.
Canon is offering three grants of $5,000 worth of Canon equipment, ranging from digital compact and DSLR cameras, to binoculars, printers and multi-function devices, to those who are undertaking sustainability projects or initiatives.
Canon New Zealand Managing Director Kim Conner says she is always impressed by the range of environmental initiatives that the programme attracts and is looking forward to learning about the projects taking place this year.
“Each year we are inspired by the number of passionate people in our community who are making a real difference in encouraging others to look after our environment so future generations can enjoy it.
“Our environmental grants programme aims to recognise and reward the best environmental initiatives. The high calibre of environmental projects being undertaken always make it difficult to select only three,” she says.
Winners are selected based on the positive impact their project is having on the environment as well how the Canon products can help them to drive greater success. The winners are sought across three categories: Regional, Education and Community.
Last year’s winners were an eclectic mix of projects involving glacier monitoring, an ecological island on school grounds and an education programme.
The Tread Lightly Caravan won the community award for their work educating school children to reduce their impact on the environment by making small daily changes, Rhode Street School in Hamilton took out the education award for their student-inspired ecological island, and Massey University in Palmerston North won the regional award for the work being carried out to track and record the descent rate of South Island glaciers.
Rhode Street School principal Shane Ngatai says winning a Canon Environmental Grant award has provided students and the wider learning community with an opportunity to accelerate their learning.
“Entering and winning the Education category last year was, for our students and whanau, recognition of the awesome learning opportunities taking place here at school,” says Mr Ngatai.
“The Canon products chosen by the students included a Canon 7D camera with a macro lens, enabling student inquiry into recording the diversity of living things on our Ecological Island up close and personal. Another choice was a high definition outdoor camera to record the movement of animals on the island and document the growth of the flora and fauna over time.
“Our thanks goes out to Kim and the dedicated Canon team for creating this very worthwhile grant scheme. The first stage of the Island is due in mid-October 2015,” he says.
When the ecological island is completed it will include three different areas: New Zealand natives and an insect island, a dry, desert-type climate under a dome, and a Kiwi wetlands area.
The environmental grants will be awarded under the following categories:
Regional Award: An environmental project with significance to a rural or regional area within New Zealand;
Education Award: An environmental project being run by a kindergarten, primary or secondary school or tertiary organisation, or group within the organisation, within New Zealand;
Community Award: An environmental project being run by a community group or organisation within New Zealand.