Ontario Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Environmental Protection
Province Announces Winners of the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence
Ontario is recognizing the outstanding efforts of local champions doing their part to protect the environment and helping Ontario achieve its commitment to transition to a zero-waste, low-carbon and growing economy.
Each year, the Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence recognizes individuals, advocacy groups, companies, municipalities and post-secondary institutions in outstanding work and innovation in environmental protection.
Recipients of the 2016 award are taking action to reduce pollution, fight climate change and protect Ontario's environment for generations to come by:
- Promoting waste reduction and resource recovery by recycling computer parts and using cutting-edge technologies to recharge batteries
- Reducing greenhouse gas pollution by using innovative tools to conserve energy and increasing energy efficiency in the building sector
- Helping prepare for the negative impacts of climate change by increasing the resilience of infrastructure and natural landscapes in cities.
These efforts support the province's move toward a circular economy, which reuses and recycles valuable materials destined for landfills, protecting the environment while creating new jobs and investment opportunities.
The work of these organizations and individuals also supports the government's own actions to combat climate change, including putting a cap on pollution and investing all proceeds from the province's carbon market into programs like energy efficient home retrofits, electric vehicle incentives and new cycling infrastructure to help families, communities and businesses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Protecting our environment and fighting climate change is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Since 2011, the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence has recognized 38 recipients.
- On May 18, 2016, Ontario passed landmark climate change legislation that ensures the province is accountable for responsibly and transparently investing proceeds from the cap and trade program.
- The Climate Change Action Plan and the cap and trade program form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
“We are celebrating the efforts of groups and invididuals who are working hard to protect our environment and fight climate change. I hope the work of these local environmental champions will inspire many others to become innovators and help protect Ontario’s environment for many generations to come.”