TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 27, 2012) - Today a team of tiny techies from Middlebury Public School in Mississauga will be celebrated by Bullfrog Power and the City of Mississauga for creating a renewable energy-focused website from scratch. The team's winning environmentally-focused website, Go Green, Not Grey (www.go4greenpower.webs.com), was judged to be the best of all submissions in the third annual Green Website Challenge (www.bullfrogpower.com/greenwebsitechallenge), open to 150 public and Catholic elementary schools in Mississauga.
The six-member team of fifth graders, including Yuan Chen, Anthony Wang, Anna Liang, Aydan Jiwani, Meg Zhang and Wen Zhang will be recognized for their winning website with a visit from Bullfrog Power Vice President Josephine Coombe and City of Mississauga Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito to Middlebury Public School, while 80 of their fellow Grade 5 students celebrate their success. The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the importance of renewable energy.
Unlike previous contest winners, Go Green, Not Grey (www.go4greenpower.webs.com) is the first website in the program's history to be coded by a student team, in addition to written and designed. The website will be showcased on www.bullfrogpower.com/greenwebsitechallenge and at www.mississauga.ca/livinggreen for one year to help educate residents about green energy and electricity generation.
"Building a great website is a mixture of art and science, and the team from Middlebury Public School clearly have a strong aptitude for both," said Josephine Coombe, Vice President, Marketing, Bullfrog Power. "We're proud of the winning team for encouraging residents of Mississauga to build a greener future."
Go Green, Not Grey (www.go4greenpower.webs.com) integrates animation, articles and gaming to educate visitors about green energy. Articles outline renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and examples of green energy projects in Canada and abroad. Additionally, special features include colouring pages that can be printed with the message, "Keep the air pollution free," and a green radio soundtrack.
"Success comes in all colours. In this case it's green! Young people educating other young people about energy conservation is great for our community. This Challenge is a shining example of how we can build a greener Mississauga by working together," said Pat Saito, Mississauga Councillor, Ward 9. "Congratulations to all the participants, their parents and teachers for providing support."
All participants will be awarded with a certificate of achievement for their web design efforts, and the winning team from Middlebury School and their class was awarded a trip to the Ontario Science Centre.
About the Green Challenge
The Green Website Challenge, an annual competition, was launched by Bullfrog Power and the City of Mississauga in December 2009. Through the Challenge, students learn the differences between fossil fuel-based and renewable energy sources, and simple ways to conserve energy in their communities. The learning exercise also provides a platform for students to develop web design skills. The judging panel for the 2012 Green Website Challenge included Bullfrog Power President, Tom Heintzman, and Mississauga's Manager of Environment, Brenda Osborne and Environmental Specialist, Andrea McLeod.
About the City of Mississauga
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada's 100 per cent green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable homes and businesses to reduce their environmental impact and help create a cleaner, healthier world. Bullfrog's green electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogoM program instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. A clean, renewable alternative to fossil-fuel based natural gas, Bullfrog's green natural gas is produced in Canada from biogas facilities that have met strict environmental criteria as defined by ICF International. As a Certified B Corporation, Bullfrog Power meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment. Thousands of Canadian homes and businesses are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by switching to green energy with Bullfrog Power. Homes and businesses can sign up easily, quickly and affordably at www.bullfrogpower.com.
MEDIA NOTE: Photos will be available following today's event.