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Environmental Awards Program


For 2018, the nomination period opens on Tuesday, January 23 and closes on Thursday, March 29. Make a nomination and support Burnaby’s environmental leaders.

Awards may be presented in six categories (a maximum of 1 Environmental Award and 2 Environmental Stars per category):

  • Business Stewardship
  • Communications
  • Community Stewardship
  • Green Choices
  • Planning and Development
  • Youth

There are two levels of awards:

  • Environmental Award, for recognition of environmental achievements of a larger scale, such as long-term commitments to an organization or cause, leadership of other individuals, and projects of a significant size and relatively complex scope that have a broader community impact, and
  • Environmental Star, for recognition of environmental achievements of a smaller or more individual scale that may nevertheless serve to catalyze larger initiatives and inspire others.

A detailed description of criteria for each award category is presented in the 2018 Terms of Reference. Hard copies are available at City Hall. For more information, or if you have questions about the program or the nomination process, please contact the City of Burnaby Planning Department at 604-294-7400.

How do I nominate a deserving candidate?

You can submit an on-line nomination today. A print version Nomination Form is also available and may be submitted to the City Burnaby Planning Department, by email at planning@burnaby.ca or to 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2. The 2018 deadline for submission is March 29.

**Please note that on the Nomination Form, you will be asked to tell us which of the 10 goals of the City’s newly adopted Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) do the environmental achievements of your nominee contribute toward. Read below to learn about the ESS and the 10 goals.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy

The City’s newly adopted Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) is a plan for Burnaby’s green future. The ESS contains 10 goals, represented as petals of a flower and presented in more detail below. We encourage you to learn more about the plan (www.burnaby.ca/ess-adopted) and what you can do make our community green (www.burnaby.ca/ess+you).

10 Goals of the ESS

10 Goals of the ESS

  • Green - Healthy and resilient ecosystems
  • Flow - Healthy and resilient watersheds
  • Breathe - A community resilient to climate change, with clean air and low carbon emissions
  • Live - A network of compact and complete communities, within a fabric of healthy ecosystems
  • Move - A walkable, bikeable, and transit-supported city that supports a healthy community and environment
  • Build - Buildings and infrastructure that have a positive impact on the environment
  • Prosper - A prosperous economy that supports a healthy environment
  • Nourish - A food system that supports healthy people, a healthy community and a healthy environment
  • Conserve - World-leading waste reduction, diversion and management
  • Manage - Environmentally aware and engaged community working together to improve Burnaby's environmental performance


Since 1996, through the Environmental Awards Program, the City has recognized the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and businesses to advancing environmental sustainability and protecting and enhancing the natural environment in Burnaby. The City’s Financial Management Committee reviews the nominations and recommend recipients to Council for approval. Environmental Award and Environmental Star recipients will be presented their awards at a Regular Meeting of Council on June 11, 2018.

Environmental Awards Program 2017

For 2017, the City of Burnaby is pleased to acknowledge the following individuals, groups and businesses who have made significant contributions to the sustainability of Burnaby's Environment:

Environmental Awards 

  • Burnaby Board of Trade, in the category of Business Stewardship, for their outstanding and ongoing efforts to help Burnaby businesses be more environmentally sustainable.
  • Kimberley Wong, in the category of Green Choices, for her outstanding efforts in her community to create a shared garden space for growing food.
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology, Factor Four Initiative, in the category of Planning and Development, for outstanding contributions to sustainability and the built environment.
  • Sonya Kung, student at Ecole Alpha Secondary School, in the category of Youth, for her outstanding leadership and environmental achievements.

Environmental Stars

  • Reid’s Automotive Recycling, in the category of Business Stewardship, for their outstanding achievements to reduce the environmental footprint of their business operations.
  • Simon Fraser University, in the category of Communications, for outstanding community engagement as part of the SFU 20 Year Sustainability Vision and Goals planning process.
  • Randy and Wendy Snyder, members of Stoney Creek Environment Committee, in the category of Community Stewardship, for their significant contributions to the Stoney Creek Environment Committee’s stewardship programs.
  • Mireta Strandberg-Salmon, in the category of Youth, for her outstanding efforts to eliminate bottled water consumption at Moscrop Secondary School.
  • Deer Lake Student Streamkeepers, in the category of Youth, for their stewardship of Deer Lake Brook.

Past Recipients

View a complete list of past recipients.

  • Environment Awards Nomination Form

    Nomination FormMoreMake a nomination January 23 to March 29, 2018.