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Environmental Awards Program


For 2017, the nomination period opens on Tuesday, February 14 and closes on Friday, March 31. Make a nomination and support Burnaby’s environmental leaders.

There are two levels of awards: the Environmental Award for significant achievements over multiple years or for projects or initiatives of significant scope and complexity, with potential for broad and long-lasting positive impact on the community, and the Environmental Star for achievements of a lesser scale, scope and complexity, but nonetheless still significant.

Awards may be presented in six categories:

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

View the 2017 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 2017 deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.

**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. From the nominations received, recipients are recommended by the Citizen Representatives of the Environment Committee to City Council for approval. This year, recipients will be recognized at a Regular Meeting of Council on May 29, 2017.

Environmental Awards Program 2016

For 2016, 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 

  • False Creek Collision Ecoin the category of Business Stewardship, for their outstanding efforts to invest in new technologies that improve air quality and reduce energy consumption and for providing leadership in environmental sustainability to their industry.
  • Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE), in the category of Community Stewardship, for their outstanding efforts to educate Burnaby residents about the pipeline expansion project and the potential risks to our community and the environment.
  • Barb McMahon, founder of Sprouting Chefs, in the category of Green Choices, for her outstanding efforts to educate students in Burnaby about growing food, creating community, environmental sustainability, and leadership. 
  • Appia Developments Ltd., in the category of Planning and Development, for the Solo District and use of a low carbon geothermal exchange system that will significantly reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions from the operation of the buildings.

Environmental Stars

  • Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. and L'Arche Greater Vancouver, in the category of Business Stewardship, for their outstanding project and partnership that achieved energy use efficiencies at the L'Arche office in Burnaby.
  • BC Technology for Learning Society, in the category of Business Stewardship, for refurbishing used computers as part of the Computers for Schools Program and for implementing environmental sustainability initiatives as part of their business operations.
  • Ruth Walmsley, in the category of Community Stewardship, for her outstanding efforts and dedication to raising awareness of a significant environmental issue through her efforts with the community group Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE).
  • Dave Stafford, in the category of Community Stewardship, for his outstanding service with the Burnaby Lake Park Association.
  • Lochdale Community School Green Team, in the category of Youth, for educating their classmates about waste reduction and recycling.

Past Recipients

View a complete list of past recipients.

  • Environment Awards Nomination Form

    Nomination FormMoreDeadline for nominations is March 31, 2017.