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June 17, 2010
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2010 PEI Environmental Awards Presented at Fanningbank Ceremony
Environment, Energy & Forestry
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Her Honour, Lieutenant-Governor Barbara A. Hagerman hosted the ceremony with Environment, Energy and Forestry Minister Richard Brown and Daryl Guigion, a member of the Environmental Advisory Council.
“We all share in the responsibility for protecting the environment,” said Minister Richard Brown. “Today's award recipients are shining examples of environmental leadership in the province.”
The PEI Environmental Awards are presented annually to individuals and groups who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment.
“I am very impressed with today's award recipients and their efforts to promote public awareness and a deeper understanding of the impact we all have on the environment,” said the minister.
2010 PEI ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Phil Pineau is known for his leadership, commitment and infectious enthusiasm in protecting and improving the Hunter-Clyde Watershed.
He is beginning his third year as President of the Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group and freely shares his talents and expertise with other watershed and environmental groups. He also serves on the Public Forest Council.
He mentors the summer field crews, teaching them that environmental action, concern and volunteerism are highly rewarding and essential to a healthy society.
Last summer he hosted the watershed work crew for the watershed group in his garage and they were able to construct 50 bat boxes during wet days.
He dedicates his time to volunteering in environmental restoration so the province is ecologically sound and healthy.
St-Teresa’s Environmental School Challenge Winner
Parkside Recycling Team:
Matthew Bagnall, Jordan McCarron and Mataio Rogers – three Grade 6 students at Parkside Elementary – are known as the “recycling boys” at the school. They have shown initiative and leadership in creating a recycling program at Parkside Elementary School.
Every second day, they put on rubber gloves and checked the school’s blue recycling bins to ensure the recyclables were clean, sorted and free of waste.
If they found that classrooms were not properly sorting, they would have the school secretary issue a school-wide email explaining the importance of proper sorting.
They also posted an updated recycling guide in every classroom of the school and explained it to the students.
Lastly, they created an incentive program – a treat – for classrooms that properly sort their garbage.
They pay for the treats through the returns from the properly sorted recyclables.
Matthew, Jordan and Mataio’s efforts have paid dividends, with more than 95 per cent of the school’s recyclables properly sorted.
Brenda Delaney is often referred to as the “Go Green Lady.”
She is committed to the environment, not only in her home life but in her work as well. She is the owner of Down to Earth Decorating and Go Green Office Furniture and Design. She is helping spread the buzz about reusing and recycling.
She can be heard saying this about preserving our environment: “If people just take those baby steps to do their part, it has to have a positive impact on our Island.”
She strives to reuse, renew and recover a variety of materials at work and at home and finds ways to take those existing furnishings/items and rework them instead of throwing them away.
She is known for her environmentally conscious ingenuity and, over the past few years, she has been asked to do presentations on her recycling ideas.