March 12, 2009
PERTH-ANDOVER (CNB) - A ceremony was held this afternoon to honour the Village of Perth-Andover, recipient of the 2008 Environmental Leadership Award in the Communities, Groups and Organizations category.
Environment Minister Roland Haché presented the village with a framed pewter medal and a gift certificate for a tree that can be planted to commemorate the village's achievements.
"The community of Perth-Andover should be very proud of the work it has done to make it New Brunswick's leading energy-efficient community," Haché said.
The village has initiated a series of activities, including retrofits to municipal buildings and water heater blanket giveaways, to help residents make better energy choices, manage energy expenses, and lessen the impact of energy use on the environment. It has also encouraged homeowners to have energy audits done, and to install a minimum of four compact fluorescent light bulbs in their homes.
"I commend the Village of Perth-Andover and its residents for working to ensure that environmental sustainability is a priority in this part of New Brunswick," Haché said. "It is up to us as residents of New Brunswick to conserve and protect the environment around us. If New Brunswick is to be self-sufficient by 2026, we will need to be partners in ensuring environmental sustainability."
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: Vicky Deschênes, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.