Mayor wants to acknowledge sustainability

Kelowna residents are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2011 Mayor’s Environmental Achievement Awards.

Kelowna residents are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2011 Mayor’s Environmental Achievement Awards.

Presented annually to individuals and groups who have made outstanding or innovative contributions to the protection or management of the environment, the awards are now in their 11th year.

“Everywhere you look there are groups, businesses and individuals making a difference by taking a more sustainable approach,” said Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd.

“Our annual Environmental Achievement Awards recognize those that’s set an example for others in Kelowna to follow.”

Nominations will be accepted for businesses, schools, groups and individuals as well as in the areas of friendly commuter, friendly yard/garden and most sustainable development.

The awards are based on nominations received from the community. Winner selection is based on the highest level of environmental dedication, perseverance, accomplishment and achievement as judged by a committee of previous award winners.

The deadline for nominations is May 6. Nomination forms are available on the city’s website at kelowna.ca/environment.

The 2011 Environmental Achievement Awards will be presented June 15 at UBC Okanagan, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The 2010 award winners were:

Most Environmentally Innovative Business Initiative—Sysco Kelowna

Most Environmentally Dedicated Group—SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Okanagan

Most Environmentally Dedicated Individual—Al King

Most Environmentally Friendly Commuter—Grant Rice

Most Environmentally Friendly Yard /Garden—Kelly and Keith Robinson

Most Environmentally Friendly School—Glenmore Elementary

Most Sustainable Development—UBC Okanagan.