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Nominations open for environmental awards

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 01:08 pm

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Airdrie residents are encouraged to nominate themselves or someone they know who is taking part in an innovative environmental initiative for the 2014 Alberta Emerald Awards.

“This is the only program of its kind in Canada,” said Emmy Stuebing, executive director of the Alberta Emerald Foundation.

“We recognize environmental excellence in all areas including youth, educators, corporations, community groups and governments.

This year will mark the 23rd year for the awards.

Some Airdrie and area organizations that have been honoured with the award over the years include: Sterling Homes, Cochrane Branches & Banks, Bow River Basin Council, Spray Lakes Sawmills Ltd. and Cochrane High School.

“We work with a number of grassroots projects such as a couple in Crowsnest Pass who noticed there were a lot of animals being killed on a certain stretch of road and got a group of people together to monitor that area and see what they could do to prevent that,” said Stuebing.

Other winners include research programs that aim to decrease the time it takes to clean out tailings ponds in the oil sands, education programs that train teachers how to teach children about being environmentally friendly, and a farm that plants trees for companies that purchase carbon credits.

“There are many people doing great work and they are the unsung heroes that don’t get recognition or encouragement,” said Stuebing.

“This gives them the encouragement to keep going.”

The Emerald Award Foundation provides partnerships and publicity for winners to help spread the word and get more people on board these projects. Winners can also use the awards as a feather in their cap when applying for funding for the project.

“Albertans have a lot to be proud of and we want to share their stories,” said Stuebing.

Nominations for the 2014 Emerald Awards close on Feb. 28 and can be made online at emeraldfoundation.ca

Finalists will be announced in early April and the awards show will take place at Calgary’s Martha Cohen Theatre on June 5.


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