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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 14, 2013

BURLINGTON – Do you know a person or organization who has worked hard to protect, preserve or enhance our environment? If so, you can nominate them for the Conservation Halton Environmental Awards of Excellence, which recognize environmental champions in the watershed.

We’re looking to salute individuals, groups or organizations who have committed an act of green, either large or small, promoted an environmental initiative, encouraged others to get involved, or just did something that benefitted our local environment.

You can show your appreciation for a local environmental champion by nominating them for our award. Previous winners include residents, schools, multinational corporations, community environmental groups, government and national nongovernment organizations.

Candidates for an award can be nominated by any individual or organization. Nominations must be received by midnight on Friday, May 3, 2013 and can be submitted online on Conservation Halton’s website, www.conservationhalton.ca or by calling 905-336-1158 ext. 233. The Conservation Halton Environmental Awards of Excellence have eight categories in which you can submit a nomination:

  • Citizen Award – Presented to an individual who has made a significant effort to improve the natural environment in the Halton Watershed.
  • Citizen (Youth) Award – Presented to a youth who has made a significant effort to improve the natural environment in the Halton Watershed.
  • Community Award – Presented to a community organization, institution or business that has undertaken a significant conservation action that exemplifies wise conservation.
  • Corporate Award – Presented to a corporation or municipality that demonstrates leadership in protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
  • Education (Individual) Award – Presented to a person who has promoted a better understanding and appreciation of conservation.
  • Education (Group or School) Award – Presented to a group or school that has promoted a better understanding and appreciation of conservation.
  • Media / Blogger Award – Presented to a member of the print, radio, television, or online media including website, social media campaigns and blogs that raises awareness of environmental issues, challenges and solutions in the watershed.
  • Stewardship Award – Presented to a landowner who demonstrates stewardship excellence in protecting the natural environment of their property.

Completing the nomination form takes only a few minutes. Try to provide plenty of background information on the nominee and their accomplishments. This helps the selection committee in making their decision. Here are some other helpful tips for nominations:

  • Nominees will be judged on the quality of their achievement
  • Nominations should include sufficient information to give the selection committee a good idea about who the nominee is and the impact of their accomplishment
  • Include any additional information you feel will support the nomination, such as photos, testimonial letters, media stories, etc.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Awards Night on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Conservation Halton’s office in Burlington. Past winners are also featured on our website under the ‘community programs’ tab.

For more information about the categories, the criteria, and how to apply, call Conservation Halton at (905) 336-1158 or visit the Spotlight section on our web site at www.conservationhalton.ca. Remember nominations are due by Friday, May 3, 2013 at midnight.

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Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators along with a network of volunteers who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.

Media Contacts:

Hassaan Basit
Director Communications Services
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 270
E-mail: hbasit@hrca.on.ca

Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233
E-mail: nmiller@hrca.on.ca

Website: www.conservationhalton.ca