Nominations sought for 2009 Environmental Leadership Awards (09/04/22)

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April 22, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The nomination period for the 2009 Environmental Leadership Awards has been announced by Environment Minister Roland Haché, in celebration of Earth Day.

"I am pleased to announce that the nomination period for this important awards program begins today, Earth Day, and ends on June 20," said Haché. "Since this annual occasion was first marked on April 22, 1970, Earth Day has grown into the largest environmental event in the world. Announcing the nomination period for the Environmental Leadership Awards today is a great way to recognize the importance of this event, and also draw attention to this successful program that celebrates the achievements of New Brunswickers who have made an outstanding contribution to protecting the environment, and who have encouraged positive environmental action by others."

The six award categories this year are:

All nominations should include a project or activity description of 250 or fewer words.

Following the deadline for nominations, an independent judging panel will choose the top candidates in each category, and winners will be presented with their awards later this year.

"It's very important to recognize environmental leaders in our province," said Haché. "I ask all New Brunswickers to nominate any person, group, or business that has made exceptional efforts to be a good steward of the environment in New Brunswick."

For more information or to submit a nomination, contact the Department of Environment at 506-453-3700, by e-mail at award-prix@gnb.ca, or visit the Department of Environment's website.

"As Minister of Environment, I also want to encourage all New Brunswickers to celebrate Earth Day," said Haché. "Whether people participate in tree plantings, waste-reduction projects, cleanups of illegally dumped solid waste, or workshops and displays, every single Earth Day initiative will help to promote environmental stewardship in our province."

More information on Earth Day is available online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.