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Environmental Awards Program


Help us recognize Burnaby’s environmental leaders! We’re looking for individuals, community groups, businesses and organizations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to advancing environmental sustainability and protecting the natural environment. Submit your nominations by April 3, 2020. Your nominee may be the next recipient of Burnaby’s Environmental Award!

We are currently seeking nominations for the following categories:

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

There are two levels of awards:

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

A maximum of one Environmental Award and two Environmental Stars will be awarded per category.

The criteria for each award category is presented in the 2020 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 online nomination today.

  • When using the online nomination form, we encourage you to prepare your information in a separate word processing file, save the document and then copy and paste the information into the form. Some have experienced technical difficulties with the online nomination form ‘timing out’ when used with some operating systems or devices.

A print version Nomination Form is also available and may be submitted to the City of Burnaby Planning Department, by email at or to 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2. The 2020 deadline for submission is April 3.

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

Environmental Sustainability Strategy

The City’s 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 and what you can do to make our community green.

ESS Goals Flower

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, the City’s Environmental Awards Program 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 Environment Committee reviews nominations and recommends recipients to City Council for approval. This year, recipients will be announced to the public at the regular meeting of Council on May 25 and will be invited to a reception at City Hall and to receive their awards at the regular meeting of Council on June 22.

The City of Burnaby is pleased to acknowledge the following individuals, community groups, institutions, and businesses who have made significant contributions to the sustainability of Burnaby’s environment:

2019 Environmental Awards

Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery, in the category of Business Stewardship, for their outstanding achievements integrating environmental sustainability into their business and business operations.

Joanne Borle, in the category of Green Choices, for outstanding leadership of her housing co-op’s recycling and environmental sustainability committee. 

Oxford Properties, in the category of Planning and Development, for Riverbend Business Park and notable achievements in site environmental remediation, innovative flood protection and enhancement of waterways, stormwater management, and green buildings.  

2019 Environmental Stars

Hemlock Printers, in the category of Business Stewardship, for their outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability in their business and business operations.

BC Bee Supply, in the category of Business Stewardship, for their support of urban beekeeping in our community.

Fernando Lessa, in the category of Communications, for creating the Urban Salmon Project and supporting the environmental education and stewardship efforts of the city and Burnaby’s streamkeepers.

Roger Dyer, in the category of Community Stewardship, for his long standing involvement in the stewardship of Stoney Creek as a member of the Stoney Creek Environment Committee.  

Embark Sustainability, in the category of Green Choices, for creating the Food Rescue Program to enhance local food security and reduce food waste at Simon Fraser University.

University Highlands Elementary Green Team, in the category of Youth, for their efforts to create environmental awareness and affect positive change at their school and in their community.

Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network, in the category of Youth, for their efforts to deliver many environmental awareness initiatives this year, including the Do It Green 2019 conference that focused on pollution from micro-plastics.

Past Recipients

View a complete list of past recipients.

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