Recipients of the 2016 Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence
- Battery, Diagnostic and Regeneration Centre employs cutting-edge technology to regenerate old lead acid batteries, making them perform like new again. This process, which uses electricity, protects the environment by eliminating the need for chemicals and reducing the amount of batteries in waste.
- Canada Green Building Council developed a National Energy Benchmarking Framework that provides building owners, policy makers and utility companies with benchmark data to measure and increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector. The framework also supports local and provincial governments in developing energy benchmarking policies and regulations.
- City of Thunder Bay Climate Adaptation Strategy is designed to help the city prepare for, respond to, and recover from the impacts of climate change. The goals, objectives and actions identified in the strategy will guide the city's preparation for the impacts of climate change, with an emphasis on increasing the resilience of infrastructure and natural landscapes.
- Daniel Leeming, principal at The Planning Partnership, is leading a project that explores innovative, realistic techniques to build affordable housing options that produce minimal carbon emissions. His extensive experience in community development focuses on the links between sustainability, public health and urban design.
- Dell Canada Inc. runs a plastics recycling program that minimizes waste from computer parts by recovering materials and recycling them into parts for new computers and monitors. Since 2014, Dell has sold over 347,000 monitors and desktops from sustainably sourced materials.
- Julia Langer, chief executive officer of the Atmospheric Fund, is leading a team that has been successfully advancing innovative low-carbon solutions for cities. She has held senior leadership positions in the environmental sector for nearly 30 years, including leading a team for Canada's largest homebuilder to explore sustainability options for communities and establishing campaigns to ban toxic chemicals and advance sustainable agriculture.
- Wilfrid Laurier University is putting in place a series of innovative energy conservation measures across its Waterloo and Brantford locations to reduce energy consumption while improving efficiencies and functionality of space. This project aims to transform the campuses into leading examples of sustainable energy management.