Tree planting commemorates environmental leadership (08/08/27)

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Aug. 27, 2008

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - A tree has been planted in Saint John recognizing the environmental leadership of the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) - Saint John. Environment Minister Roland Haché participated in the ceremony.

ACAP - Saint John received the 2007 Environmental Leadership Award in the communities, groups and organizations category.

"This tree will stand as a symbol of ACAP - Saint John's dedication to protecting the environment and promoting its sustainability," Haché said. "Environmental sustainability is vital not only to people's well-being but also to the strength of our communities, which must remain strong so that New Brunswick can be self-sufficient by 2026."

Formed in 1991, ACAP - Saint John is a community-based organization that finds local support for local issues, such as sewage treatment. The group has long been a promoter of the Saint John Harbour cleanup. It facilitated involvement from all sectors of the greater Saint John community in the effort to help secure a funding agreement among the three levels of government to complete the project.

The Environmental Leadership Awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and businesses that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the enhancement and protection of the environment. A panel of independent judges selects the recipients. Information about the Environmental Leadership Awards is available online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Wesson, public affairs, Environment, 506-453-3700.