Recognizes environmental achievements of a larger scale, such as long-term commitments to an organization or cause, leadership, and projects of significant size and complex scope that have a broader community impact.
Recognizes environmental achievements of a smaller or individual scale that may serve to catalyze larger initiatives and inspire others.
A maximum of 1 Environmental Award and 2 Environmental Stars are awarded per category.
Nominations open at the beginning of January every year and close in March. Check back for 2022 nomination details.
2021 Environmental Awards
Reclaim Plastics (formerly BumperNow) is a Bumaby based business that is committed to diverting plastic from landfills by operating in a circular economy. Reclaim Plastics gives discarded automotive bumpers a new life either as reconditioned ('re-use' stream) or by granulating the material to be turned into new products ('recycling' stream). The company has created a closed-loop system by remanufacturing and repurposing bumpers in house, effectively removing plastics from the waste stream.
In 2020, the Reclaim Plastics diverted 285 tons (570,0001bs) of automotive plastic waste from the landfill. Due to the success of the innovative processing, the company is currently investing in new processing equipment to further expand its activities to be able to divert even more automotive plastic waste from the landfill, as well as other plastics that are challenging to recycle. With its waste diversion goals, Reclaim Plastics continues to support the green economy and helps solve plasticwaste problems.
Ann and Bryan Green were co-nominated for this award. Ann and Bryan have been actively involved and dedicated to community stewardship initiatives in Burnaby for over 15 years. In 2006, they joined the Burnaby Lake Park Association (BLPA), volunteering with the BLPA Weedbusters Program and the first community led invasive species removal program. As a result of their dedication to their community and the environment, Ann and Bryan quickly moved into leadership roles within the BLPA.
Ann has been the association's Volunteer Coordinator since 2008 where she has organized over a dozen work parties and supported over 400 volunteer engagements on an annual basis. Throughout the years, Ann has been an advocate for BLPA, liaising with other community organizations and the City which has allowed for the association to participate in community environmental events, such as World River's Day, Environment Week and the Great Salmon Send Off. Ann has also provided educational opportunities and encouraged community groups to get involved with stewardship initiatives.
Bryan was the chair of the BLPA from 2011 through to 2015 where he played a key role in determining the strategic direction for the BLPA. In 2017, Bryan was then elected as the treasurer. He has held an important position in the BLPA as the educator for work parties, teaching volunteers about invasive species identification, demonstrating proper removal techniques for invasive plant species and methods to maintain bird nest boxes. Over the years Bryan has been involved in many outreach events in the community such as environmental fairs and nature walks, providing educational opportunities to participants.
Ann and Bryan Green have dedicated over 15 years to environmental stewardship initiatives and community education which has contributed to the growth and continued environmental commitment of the Burnaby Lake Park Association.
Simon Fraser University's district energy system, the Biomass District Heating Plant, showcases a district heating system that uses an alternative sustainable fuel source to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and divert wood waste from the landfill. Located on the south side of SFU's Bumaby campus, the high-efficiency heating plant burns biomass (clean construction wood waste) to generate energy. The energy produced during this process is used to provide heat and to heat water which is then distributed through the campus and UniverCity.
Following the university's planning framework and the principles of the Simon Fraser University's Strategic Sustainability Plan, the facility was designed to align with the university's core sustainability values and to develop and apply "innovations in climate change mitigation to our operational decisions." Since 2011, a dedicated team made from Facilities Services and Financial Services professionals collaborated, planned, and constmcted the altemate energy heating source for the Bumaby campus to achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets while meeting the thermal needs of the Bumaby Mountain community. The Biomass District Heating Plant also helps meet the City of Bumaby municipal greenhouse gas reduction targets.
In October 2020, the Biomass District Heating Plant first opened, providing the campus and UniverCity residents with a cost-effective, low carbon energy source. The facility supplies approximately 85% of SFU's Bumaby Campus' annual heating requirements while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions from heating by approximately 85%. The Biomass District Heating Plant was designed to help SFU achieve 97% of the 2050 GHG reduction target set by the Province of British Columbia for public sector institutions, making SFU one of the public sector leaders in Canada in GHG emission reduction.
The facility additionally provides educational opportunities through hands-on learning programs for the Sustainable Energy Engineering students in their pursuit to become leaders of ecological, social, and economic sustainability. The Biomass District Heating Plant project has demonstrated strategic planning and incorporated green building technologies which reduce emissions, repurpose materials and align with municipal climate action goals.
Lilah Williamson is a high-school student, Burnaby resident, climate activist and community organizer with the Sustainabiliteens and Climate Strike Canada. As one of the founding members of the Sustainabiliteens, a youth group that takes climate action. Lilah has led this youth climate activist group towards climate change awareness and pushing for collective action on climate change.
Despite her age, Lilah has effectively brought out thousands of supporters to climate marches and helped trained her peers to be effective communicators and organizers. On September 27. 2019. Lilah addressed a crowd of over 100,000 at Vancouver's climate strike which mobilized over 1.000,000 Canadians across the country and brought awareness to climate change issues.
Since the global COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions around social gatherings, Lilah has adapted her outreach strategy as she mobilizes people through 'distanced action' by connecting online through Zoom calls and interviewing with the media to bring people together to discuss and raise awareness for climate change action. One year following the September 2019 climate action strike, Lilah planned a day of action online, through social media and in streets to take action on climate change. She has pushed the conversation among adults and youth alike, building momentum towards a world of climate justice through her commitment to advocating for climate change and enhancing the public's awareness on emerging issues.