Town nominated for 2013 Emerald Awards
The Town of Stony Plain is a nominee for the 2013 Emerald Awards.
The Municipality is one of 12 government institutions competing for an award, presented annually by the Alberta Emerald Foundation, a non-profit organization that celebrates and showcases environmental excellence in the province.
The Town was nominated for the changes it made to its Solid Waste Management Program in 2012 and for the public education and communications campaign – Wipe Out Waste – that preceded and accompanied the changes.
“We are honoured to be nominated for this prestigious award,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “We appreciate the recognition of our efforts to become more innovative and efficient in our strategies around waste reduction, recycling and conservation, in order to encourage environmental sustainability in our community. Most importantly, we applaud our residents for doing their part to reduce waste at the source.”
The Emerald Awards recognize and reward the excellent environmental initiatives undertaken each year by large and small corporations, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups and governments. Each year, the Foundation receives nominations in eleven established categories. Nominations open in November and close at the end of February. A panel of knowledgeable judges, with cross-sectoral experience, carry out an independent evaluation based on criteria outlined in the nominations package and select the finalists and recipients.
The awards ceremony alternates between Edmonton and Calgary each year. A diverse audience of approximately 500 people attend to celebrate excellence and provide support and encouragement to those who work so hard to help preserve and enhance our environment. The ceremony recognizes those individuals and organizations whose commitment to our environment truly demonstrates leadership.
“We work to share these environmental success stories so that others will follow,” notes the website. “Because of the ingenuity, dedication and hard work of nominees, finalists and recipients, others will follow, and all Albertans will benefit from a healthier, cleaner environment. Our goal is for what is now considered innovative to become the norm.”
A celebration reception follows the awards ceremony, enabling recipients and finalists to meet with patrons and sponsors of the Emerald Foundation, government representatives, corporate leaders and Foundation members.
This year’s nominations closed on Feb. 28, and finalists will be announced in April. The 22nd Annual Emerald Awards will be presented on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.
About the Emerald Foundation
The Alberta Emerald Foundations celebrates and showcases environmental leadership in Alberta, setting an example of environmental excellence for all to follow. Since its foundation in 1991, the Foundation has accumulated a rich database of more than 2,000 positive environmental stories, demonstrating creative thinking and innovation in environmental management systems, technologies and education programs that have helped Alberta balance its growth and resource development with the preservation of the environment (Source: The Emerald Foundation).
The Town is committed to protecting our natural resources and promotes responsible consumption patterns that encourage living within our ecological limits. Environmental Responsibility is one of the four core values of the Town's Community Sustainability Plan, which governs how the Town of Stony Plain conducts business.