Oct. 19, 2009
McADAM (CNB) - A ceremony was held this afternoon to honour McAdam High School, recipient of the 2009 Environmental Leadership Award in the Youth Group category.
Environment Minister Rick Miles presented the school with a framed pewter medal and a certificate for a tree that can be planted to commemorate the school's achievements.
"The community of McAdam should be very proud of the work this school has done to protect and promote the environment," said Miles. "Not only do 80 per cent of students walk or bike to and from school each day, the school adopted the first paper and cardboard recycling program in the village, then introduced the program to the community, resulting in a successful community recycling program."
In addition, each spring the entire student body provides a complete cleanup and restoration of a local municipal site and walking trail.
"I commend the students and teachers at McAdam High School, as well as the community of McAdam, for working to ensure that environmental sustainability is a priority in this part of New Brunswick," said Miles. "As residents of this beautiful province, it's our responsibility 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: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department Environment, 506-453-3700.