The 2016 GC Awards were announced at Green Communities Canada’s (GCC) Annual General Meeting, 23 June. The awards recognize the many champions who work and volunteer with GCC and its member organizations.
Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley took home two awards – for Green Community of the Year and Youth Engagement. The Institute was recognized as a trendsetter in transformational programming, partnerships, marketing, and community engagement; and for its many programs that provide opportunities for youth to engage in active hands-on learning to better understand environmental stewardship.
The Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award went to Director of Canada Walks Jacky Kennedy, who retired at the end of June. Jacky has been a champion of active school transportation and a driving force behind Canada’s walking movement for the past 20 years. She piloted the Safe Routes to School program in Canada, introduced school travel planning, and developed the Canada Walks program to improve walking conditions across the country.
The Innovation Awards was shared by three Green Communities – all members of the Sustainability CoLab network – that have launched target-based sustainability programs for business, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions.
Windfall Ecology Centre was recognized for The ClimateWise Business Network which supports a group of York Region businesses setting and achieving sustainability goals.
reThink Green won for Green Economy North, Greater Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario’s first target based sustainability program.
Durham Sustain Ability was lauded for its work as the delivery agent/lead for Durham Partners in Project Green, which helps local companies improve their environmental and financial performance.
The Outstanding Staff Person award went to two outstanding individuals. Deirdre Connell of Green Venture was recognized for her work managing several projects and writing and overseeing more funding applications than anyone else in the organization. Claudia Foung, Information Manager, Water Programs, GCC, won for her tireless work behind the scenes making sure GCC’s RAIN Community Solutions staff have the tools to do their jobs and that they know how to use them.
reThink Green received a resilience award in recognition of its 10th year anniversary.
Winners receive a certificate and bragging rights for the year. Congratulations all!