Deadline to acknowledge Kelowna’s green businesses coming up

Tokens of love aren’t the only thing Kelowna residents should be focusing on in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day — it’s also time to nominate environmentally conscious locals for the third annual Green Business Awards.

The awards are hosted by the Okanagan chapter of Students in Free Enterprise and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and exist to acknowledge businesses and individuals keen on improving their environmental impact.

Past recipients include the Best Western Hotel, which implemented green energy measures long before they were in vogue, Summerhill Winery, which put organic wine on the map, and Campion Boats, which has enacted environmentally friendly practices.

In addition to acknowledging work well done, the awards also aim to educate businesses on the benefits of employing green strategies and emphasizes the business case for sustainability.

There are five award categories.

The small, medium and large business Green Business Award categories take into consideration the size of the business in implementing green initiatives. Recipients in these categories recognize organizations that have implemented environmentally positive practices and promote environmental sustainability.

A sustainability leader of the year award is designed to highlight the efforts of a professional leader who has championed green practices in the Okanagan.

A new award for 2011 is the Green Innovator Award, which recognizes sustainability rising stars who are focused on greening their practices.

The 2011 Green Business Awards will be presented at a luncheon on April 28 hosted by the Kelowna Chamber and SIFE Okanagan. To submit a nomination go to greenbusinessawards.ca before Feb. 14.