Canadian Environment Awards Announces Annual Short List of Finalists

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TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ – The Canadian Environment Awards today announced the short list of finalists who will be honoured during its annual celebration of environmental achievement. Inspired by the community-action objectives of Canadian Environment Week, which takes place this year from June 1 to 7, the Canadian Environment Awards program is a national bilingual celebration that recognizes four levels of environmental excellence: Community Awards, Citation of Lifetime Achievement, the Ideas for Life(TM) Award and The Green Team Challenge.

The Community Awards, the flagship program of the Canadian Environment Awards, celebrates 18 individuals and grassroots groups that have been chosen by a panel of environmental luminaries from nominations submitted by the Canadian public. “This year’s finalists demonstrate tremendous ingenuity and determination, and I congratulate them,” says David Collyer, president of Shell Canada, the lead corporate sponsor of the Canadian Environment Awards. “Striving to find sustainable solutions to today’s tough environmental
challenges demands creativity and persistence. These extraordinary Canadians are an inspiration to us all.” Profiles of the 18 finalists (see below), representing six categories of environmental achievement (Climate Change, Conservation, Environmental Health, Environmental Learning, Restoration & Rehabilitation and Sustainable Living), have been published in English and French magazines.


In 2008, the Canadian Environment Awards will also present Edward
Burtynsky with the Ideas for Life(TM) Award, created to recognize
environmental action demonstrated through the arts, entertainment and
design.

Burtynsky is one of Canada’s most innovative and respected
photographers, recognized for his extraordinary large-format
photographic renderings of industrial landscapes.

The program’s top honour, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement, will be
presented to Maude Barlow, who for 25 years has been a fierce advocate
for the rights of Canadians and for Canadian sovereignty on economic,
trade and social issues that have a deep connection to the environment.
Barlow’s most recent campaign focuses on the world’s water crisis.
Maude Barlow will deliver the keynote address at the annual Awards
Gala, which will be held on Monday, June 2, at the Liberty Grand
Entertainment Complex in Toronto. On that night,
the Gold and Silver Community Awards winners will be recognized with
$5,000 and $2,500 prizes, respectively, to donate to the environmental
cause of their choice. The Junior and Senior winners of The Green Team
Challenge, which is the youth initiative, will also be announced on
this occasion.

The Canadian Environment Awards program was founded in 2002 as a
partnership between the Government of Canada and Canadian Geographic
Enterprises, which manages the program and publishes the magazines. The
Canadian Environment Awards is also supported by nine Canadian
corporations.
 
Shell Canada is the lead corporate sponsor. For complete details of the
Canadian Environment Awards 2008 or to purchase tickets to the Awards
Gala, visit www.canadiangeographic.ca/cea.


FINALISTS FOR THE CANADIAN ENVIRONMENT AWARDS 2008

        CITATION OF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2008

        Maude Barlow, activist, advocate and chair of The Council of Canadians, Ottawa, Ontario

        IDEAS FOR LIFE(TM) AWARD 2008

        Edward Burtynsky, photographer, Toronto, Ontario


        COMMUNITY AWARDS FINALISTS 2008

        Climate Change

        Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology Student
Volunteers, Share the Warmth(TM) Home Energy-Efficiency Project, Moose Jaw,
Saskatchewan

        Judith Sayers, Hupacasath First Nation/Upnit Power Corporation, Port
Alberni, British Columbia

        Zerofootprint, carbon-reduction network for consumers and businesses,
Toronto, Ontario

        Conservation

        Appalachian Corridor Appalachien, transborder conservation initiative,
Lac-Brome, Québec

        Jon Lien, founder, Whale Research Group of Memorial University, Portugal
Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador

        Ocean Net, shoreline cleanup program, St. John’s, Newfoundland and
Labrador

        Environmental Health

        Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith, community health advocates, Windsor,
Ontario

        Clean Air Foundation, Switch Out and Switch the ‘Stat, Toronto, Ontario

        Evergreen, national program to create outdoor classrooms for play and
learning, Toronto, Ontario

        Environmental Learning

        André Bélisle, clean-air and climate-change activist,
Saint-Léon-de-Standon, Québec

        Club agroenvironnemental du bassin La Guerre, council for the promotion
and development of sustainable agriculture, Saint-Anicet, Québec

        Etablissements verts Brundtland, education for a sustainable future,
Québec, Québec

        Restoration & Rehabilitation

        Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation and the Town of Coaldale, community
raptor rehabilitation and education centre, Coaldale, Alberta

        Comité ZIP Jacques-Cartier, group for the enhancement of the St. Lawrence
River at Montréal, Québec

        Gerard Nellestijn, Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society, Salmo, British
Columbia

        Sustainable Living

        Local Food Plus, network for the certification and promotion of locally
produced food, Toronto, Ontario

        The Otesha Project, national youth-driven sustainability campaign,
Ottawa, Ontario

        The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, Heirloom Seed
Sanctuary, Kingston, Ontario

        THE GREEN TEAM CHALLENGE 2008

        JUNIOR: Dunrankin Drive Public School, Mississauga, Ontario

        SENIOR: Henry Street High School, Whitby, Ontario

        For complete details of the Canadian Environment Awards 2008, visit

www.canadiangeographic.ca/cea
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/For further information: Diane Chaperon-Lor, Public Relations Manager,
Canadian Environment Awards, Telephone: (416) 653-0849, Cellphone: (416)
788-8271, E-mail: chaperonlor@canadiangeographic.ca/

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