Stewardship awards overhauled

The city’s environmental awards are up for a makeover.

The ten-year-old awards recognizes volunteers for their efforts to improve the health and beauty of Campbell River’s environment.

A proposal before council last night would change the nomination categories to promote “timeless environmental and conservation initiatives and increase awareness around current city priority projects,” says a report to council by Amber Zirnhelt, city sustainability manager, Ross Blackwell, land use services manager, and Terri Martin, environmental coordinator.

In addition, the proposed theme-based nomination categories may encourage the recognition of many individuals contributing in ways outside of the traditional environmental stewardship arena.

A call for nominations is advertised icy year in August and the awards are printed at the annual Haig-Brown Festival on River’s Day. This year’s celebration takes place on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Haig-Brown House from noon – 4 p.m.

the current Stewardship Award categories are:

  • Individual
  • Development, Business and Industry
  • Group
  • Youth Individual
  • Youth Group

Special Recognition

  • Water conservation (included in some years only)

The proposed new theme-based categories are:

  • Air quality
  • Pesticide free
  • Water/Energy conservation
  • Habitat protection and creation
  • Waste reduction
  • Youth, special recognition
  • Other areas
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