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Dec 19, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Word of mouth earns HEAT $500

Bloor West Villager

The Humberside Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is $500 closer to reaching its goal of purchasing a special water fountain so students can fill their reusable water bottles.

Members of Humberside Collegiate Institute’s HEAT garnered first place honours enticing the most number of people to take Project Neutral’s 2012 Survey.

They convinced friends, family and teachers – 44 in total – to take the survey that aims to reduce residents’ carbon footprints.

They competed against six other local schools, achieving the highest number of completed surveys. Project Neutral’s goal is to transition neighbourhoods to carbon neutrality one at a time.

Along with its partners the Civic Action Alliance/Emerging Leaders Network, the University of Toronto Sustainable Infrastructure Group and the University of Toronto Climate Lab, Project Neutral is currently working in the Junction and Riverdale.

From Oct. 13 to Nov. 25, Project Neutral and its neighbourhood partners and volunteers knocked on doors, hosted coffee parties, participated in school events and attended farmers’ markets, with the goal of engaging as many households as possible in the 2012 Survey Contest.

Several prizes were up for grabs, including gift cards from local businesses, like Home Hardware, two rain barrels and a gift basket from Bullfrog Power.

Although the contest has wrapped up, residents can still complete the survey at www.projectneutral.org, according to Karen Nasmith, Project Neutral co-founder and managing director.

Project Neutral presented Humberside students with the $500 cheque on Monday, Dec. 17.

“They’re a really keen, friendly group,” said Nasmith of HEAT. “We are delighted with (the survey’s results) and will continue to encourage those households that have not yet completed the survey, to do so.”

– Lisa Rainford

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