A Super Volunteer, low-plastic restaurants, Green economy businesses and naturalists among honourees at Second Annual Earth Day Awards
May 1, 2019-PETERBOROUGH, ON–At its second annual awards celebration, the Nature Care Earth Day Awards recognized the phenomenal dedication to caring for nature in the Peterborough community.
The 19 nominees received their awards at a celebration attended by 40 people at the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre. In addition to hearing many positive stories, people had a chance to interact with rescued turtles from Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre.
In the Clean Economy category, Generation Solar was recognized for enabling the generation of millions of kWh of clean, green solar energy and helping hundreds of people and businesses reduce their carbon emissions. Some members of the Electric Vehicle Society – Kawartha Chapter – showed people their cars, and Janice Keil’s Active Women Building a Passive House + project was applauded.
Curtis Elliot’s dedication to helping home-owners make their houses more energy efficient was also honoured, as was Pinchin Ltd for technical expertise in the renovation and construction of buildings to meet energy efficiency and environmental health standards. Brianna Salmon’s leadership at Green UP was lauded.
Three restaurants were recognized for minimizing their use of plastic or Styrofoam and focusing on using local or organic produce: La Hacienda, Dreams of Beans and By the Bridge. By the Bridge’s co-operation with a local farmer who feeds their compost to her chickens was highlighted.
Cathy Dueck, Glen Caradus, and Craig Brant were lauded for their joyful all-ages nature awareness work that has reached thousands of people through programs like Pathways to Stewardship and Kinship, Adventures in Understanding and the Forest Kindergarten. Dylan Radcliffe was thanked for his naturalist social media/ website called Steward’s Notes.
Also in the public awareness line, Transition Town’s Greenzine and Random Acts of Green were recognized, two very different approaches to getting more people involved in actions that reduce and prevent waste; increase water & energy efficiency; alter transportation patterns; minimize the use of natural resources; or reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Rounding out the group, there were two conservation initiatives, a farm and a super volunteer. Jazlyn Burrell is writing a Species at Risk Report for Old Growth Forests in Peterborough and the Kawarthas for Ancient Forest Exploration and Outreach. The staff and volunteers of Kawartha Land Trust are caring for 4101 acres of important, diverse types of land. McLean’s Berry Farm uses and develops best practices of sustainable food production, and Tia Bankosky volunteers with Sustainable Trent and the Trent Green Party Club as well as three other organizations while making a success of her program in Indigenous Environmental Studies.
The nomination process is open to the public, and everyone who is nominated receives an award. This award concept is organized by the local Green Party provincial and federal riding associations as a gift to the community, to provide an inclusive opportunity to celebrate caring for nature.