Environmental Steward of the Year Finalists
For a Tri-Cities business that has demonstrated exceptional contributions, commitment, and actions to make a positive impact on the local environmental landscape.
- Demonstrates an in-depth understanding and an outstanding, cooperative effort to environmental sustainability.
- Is a role model for business in environmental sustainability best practices (recycling, composting, energy/water conservation, gardening, etc.).
- Demonstrates sustainable business practices in its own operations (aside from the product or service for sale).
- Helps to build environmental awareness and promote environmental stewardship within the Tri-Cities environmental landscape.
- Has milestones and/or measureable accomplishments that demonstrate effective sustainable operations.
Ethical Waste Services
The team at Ethical Waste Services is comprised of compassionate supporters of the community they live in. The company is continuously looking to make a positive difference to the environment and with people. It donates 50% of its profits to a youth outreach program. Ethical Waste recycles an astounding amount of construction debris and donates countless hours and recycled household items to those less fortunate. They donate time, services and repurposed items to Habitat For Humanity, SHARE, Beas Closet, School District 43, Tri-City Transition House and Friends of the Syrian Refugees (and anyone else in need).
In addition, Ethical Waste has done the following:
- created a $2000 bursary at Douglas College for the Youth Worker Program
- recycled 3000 tonnes (6,600,000 lbs)of drywall last year keeping it out of the landfill
- started Back Pack Buddies to feed kids on the weekend
- and launched a pilot program sorting 4.5 tonnes of waste and recycling the materials including 750 large cans of food that they opened and composted 2.2 tonnes of food waste. Of the 4.5 tonnes, only 50 lbs went to the landfill!
Kwikwetlem First Nations
It is in the DNA of Kwikwetlem First Nation to be environmental stewards of the community and its many accomplishments are largely unknown to the community at large. From wetland and salmon restoration projects to recycling operations the Kwikwetlem First Nations leads by example in environmental stewardship.
Examples of its leadership include:
- Wilson Farm Rehabilitation Project – This was a wildlife habitat enhancement for the preservation of endangered species and the restoration of salmon species in the channels.
- Glenrose Tidal Marsh Project – This was a restoration, rehabilitation and protection project of the marsh lands for amphibian, aquatic, and wildlife species & protection of archaeological values.
- Riverview Creek Enhancement Project – This started as a species and habitat assessment, which resulted in the creek enhancement project, improving channels for fish & aquatic species.
Vancity Savings Credit Union – Tri-Cities Branches
Vancity holds environmental sustainability as a core value. This value is practiced within its branches and the community as a whole. Within the past year alone the Tri-City Vancity branches have participated in the Golden Spike Days as an environmental sponsor providing zero waste facilities and education at the event. Staff was on-hand at this event to help educate event-goers on how to dispose of their waste in an environmentally efficient way.
This past spring Vancity provided a significant grant to the Coquitlam River Watershed Society for implementing a water conservation outreach program that focuses on the environment flow benefits to connect water extraction and reduced water consumption. Vancity has strived to achieve LEED certification in a number of its branches including achievement of gold LEED certification status at the Shaughnessy Station Community Branch in Port Coquitlam. Vancity is held accountable to meet various environmental targets through an annual audit conducted by KPMG which is included in Vancity’s annual report.