Mayor Nenshi Celebrates Eco-Youth Achievements at 26th Annual Mayor’s Environment Expo

Mayor Naheed Nenshi was on hand to meet with the next generation of environmental enthusiasts, as he hosted the 26th Annual Mayor’s Environment Expo this week.

Into the Woods by Liam Swenson

The Mayor visited with several youth Eco-Leaders and interacted with their projects, which included topics like planting vertical gardens and creating recycled art. Twenty Calgary schools participated in The City’s six-month Eco-Leaders program.

“The innovation and enthusiasm we see here today inspires me,” said Mayor Nenshi. “It’s a reminder that, no matter our age, we can all commit to making a change in our own lives to make Calgary a greener place to live. These students are taking action in their schools, homes, and communities to always be better in protecting our natural environment.”

The City also announced winners of its annual youth environmental awards program.

The Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grants were awarded to:

Sir Wilfrid Laurier: With their grant, students will restore an unused piece of land into a community garden, and harvest the plants and herbs grown to make salad dressings to be sold back to the community and fund their school garden program.

Mayors Environment ExpoCristina Acevedo and Morgan Weatherbie: In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary and Alberta Parks, Cristina and Morgan will develop the Kids Nature Camp to give low-income elementary school children an opportunity to get away from the city and learn about nature and sustainable behaviours.

The winners of the Mayor’s Environment Youth Photography Contest* were also announced. The overall winner of this year’s Youth Photography Contest is Liam Swenson of Crescent Heights High School. Liam received first place with his photo of Rotary Park in the “Into the Woods” category for its unique composition and dynamic range.

Over its 26-year history, the Expo has educated more than 50,000 participants through interactive exhibits, displays and workshops. The Expo mandate is to develop well-educated environmental stewards that practice and promote environmental sustainability beyond the classroom.

Expo Eco-Leaders Program

  • Real Recyclers Club – Panorama Hills School
  • Waste in Our Waterways – Lake Bonavista School
  • Cranston Eco-Team: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. – Cranston School
  • Litterless Garden – Mount View School
  • Wild Eaters – Tuscany School
  • SKT One World Warriors: Do what’s right, save light – Saint Kateri Tekakwitha School
  • Water-Every Drop Counts – St. Bede School
  • Paper Towel Challenge – Chinook Park School
  • Waste Not – Buchanan School
  • St. Mark eARTh leaders: Recycled Art – St. Mark School
  • Epic Ecos (composting) – Alex Munro School
  • Eat Local, Grow Local – St. Catherine School
  • Affordable Water Filter/ Shakes and a Fold – The Renert School
  • John Ware Eco Leaders: Water Reduction – John Ware School
  • Keeping it Green with C.N.G.: Our Annual Green Commuting Challenge – Captain Nichola Goddard School
  • Greening our School, Cleaning our Community – Louis Riel School
  • Project Zero Waste – École Madeleine d’Houet
  • Bike-2-Go – Langevin School
  • Lettuce Grow – Langevin School

*2015 Mayor’s Environment Expo Youth Photography Contest

The Mayor’s Environment Youth Photography Contest encourages youth to capture an environmental
theme in their submission in specific categories. Approximately 90 photos were submitted by Calgary
students in the four categories of Imitation Game, Unbroken, Into the Woods and Frozen. The
presentations were made by Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra at C2 – Contemporary Calgary on May 28.

Grand Prize Winners:

  • First place: Liam Swenson, Crescent Heights High School, Into the Woods category.
  • Second place: Marisa Clark, Clear Water Academy, Into the Woods category.
  • Third place: Sunroop Dhillon, Crescent Heights High School, Into the Woods category.

Finalists and from each category:

Imitation Game:

  • 1st Place – Marisa Clark
  • 2nd Place – Olivia Gauthier
  • 3rd Place – Kayla Rogers
  • Honourable Mention – Elias El-khechen

Into the Woods:

  • 1st Place – Olivia Gauthier
  • 2nd Place – Marisa Clark
  • 3rd Place – Liam Swenson
  • Honourable Mentions – Sunroop Dhillon


  • 1st Place – Brayden Einboden
  • 2nd Place – Marisa Clark
  • 3rd Place – Liam Swenson
  • Honourable Mention – Elias El-khechen


  • 1st Place – Olivia Gauthier
  • 2nd Place – Kaitlyn Yap
  • 3rd Place – Cara Hooper
  • Honourable Mention – Kathleen Gigliuk