2009 Manitoba Excellence In Sustainability Award Winners, Sustainable Development Scholarship Winners Announced

Dec 4, 2009 | Government News

The Honourable Bill Blaikie

The Honourable Bill Blaikie

Sustainable Actions Recognized Across the Province: Blaikie

 The recipients of the 2009 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards and Sustainable Development Scholarships were announced today by Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie.

“One of the key elements to achieving the vision we have of a sustainable future is to encourage individuals across this province to think about the impact of their daily activities and to consciously reduce the size of the footprint they leave on this earth,” said Blaikie.  “As we congratulate the recipients for their achievements, we need to reflect on the continued importance of bringing about more awareness and action on sustainability.”

The recipients were recognized at an awards reception last night at Manitoba legislature. The 2009 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award winners include: 

Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability category: 

–  Bison Transport for implementing the concepts of sustainable development and environmental responsibility into its operations for over a decade and for leading the industry in providing environmentally conscious freight transportation services. 

Action on Climate Change, Air Quality and Energy Efficiency Award: 

–  MTS Allstream for implementing innovative programs and initiatives that help businesses, individual consumers and its employees reduce their carbon footprints. 

–  The Manitoba Liquor Control Commission for implementing energy-efficiency technologies in its head office and distribution centre, resulting in an annual reduction of 376,210 kWh of electricity and 325 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Sustainability in Water Stewardship and Natural Area Protection Award: 

–  Poplar River First Nation for its dedication in the effort to have a network of traditional territories and protected areas designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. 

Sustainability in Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship Award: 

–  Ashley Leibl of Reliable Tire Recycling and Winkler Rubber Products for pioneering the tire recycling industry in Manitoba. The companies collect approximately one millions tires annually and recycle them into rubber products. 

Education for Sustainability Award: 

–  Eleanor Woitowicz of Wabowden for developing the acclaimed Sustainable School Gardening Project at Mel Johnson School. 

–  The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association for implementing a successful campaign to eliminate the sale of bottled water on campus, making the University of Winnipeg the first university in Canada to implement a ban. 

Research and Innovation for Sustainability Award: 

–  Red River College for its innovative research and technology development projects focused on climate change including green buildings, emission reductions, improved vehicle fuel efficiency and the use of renewable fuels in the transportation sector. 

Recipients of the 2009 Sustainable Development Scholarships were also announced at last night’s event: 

–  graduate student scholarship – Joe Ackerman, a doctoral student at the University of Manitoba, for his research on reclaiming phosphate as usable fertilizer from hog lagoons. 

–  undergraduate student scholarship – Alana Westwood, a student at the University of Winnipeg, for her academic accomplishments and her involvement in activities both on campus and within the community that foster sustainable living practices. 

The Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development is an advisory board that provides advice and support to the provincial government about responsible resource management, land use and environment, social and economic development.  The Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards honour people, projects and ideas that successfully turn the province’s principles and guidelines of sustainable development into concrete and lasting achievements, the minister said. 

“The actions we can take in our homes, schools and workplaces can at first seem trivial, but we all know that collectively, we can cause meaningful change by taking one small step at a time,” said Blaikie.

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