Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards

2015 Winners

News Release

The Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development announced the 2015 winners of the Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards at an awards reception on January 6, 2016 at the Manitoba Legislature. The awards announced are as follows:

Action on Climate Change, Air Quality and Energy Efficiency Award
Aki Energy, Winnipeg

  • This Indigenous-led social enterprise partners with the Fisher River Cree Nation, the Peguis First Nation, the Sagkeeng Cree Nation and the Long Plain First Nation to install community-wide geothermal energy systems.  These geothermal projects have significant benefits for Aki Energy’s First Nation partners including long-term employment in the community, green economy business development opportunities, energy bill reductions and environmental benefits.

Sustainability in Water and Natural Area Stewardship Award
Skownan First Nation, Skownan

  • Skownan First Nation was instrumental in the designation of Chitek Lake Provincial Park.  This is the first provincial park with Manitoba’s new Traditional Indigenous Use designation, which supports cultural and economic integrity by honouring the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Skownan First Nation’s members to continue traditional land-use practices within the park.

Honourable Mention
Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone

  • The former municipalities of Lakeview and Westbourne, now the Municipality of Westlake–Gladstone, donated a package of conservation agreements to the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.  Taken together, these agreements comprise the largest perpetual conservation agreement in Canada.  These agreements will ensure the land remains available for grazing while also protecting wetlands that provide flood control, water quality enhancement, protection from drainage, carbon storage and wildlife habitat.

Sustainability in Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship Award
Lake Friendly, South Basin Mayors and Reeves, Winnipeg

  • Lake Friendly has developed the Lake Friendly Marking System, a voluntary continuous improvement certification program that recognizes individuals and organizations that have adopted ‘lake friendly’ practices.  The initial focus is on municipal governments and workbooks were developed to help local government leaders demonstrate excellence in water management through governance and leadership across their operations.

Honourable Mention
Simplot Canada II, Portage la Prairie

  • Simplot Canada II produces frozen french fries and formed potato products at a plant in Portage la Prairie.  The company undertook a pilot scale composting project for industrial waste that was successful in producing ‘class A’ quality compost.

Education for Sustainability Award
Sigurbjorg Stefansson School, Gimli

  • Education for sustainability has been a key focus at Sigurbjorg Stefansson School and it has participated in the Eco-Globe Recognition Program since 2009.  The school has focused on enhancing the classroom culture by utilizing the natural environment.  Successful initiatives include the creation of outdoor learning spaces, an outdoor classroom, a greenhouse and raised crop gardens that create opportunities for hands-on learning.

Honourable Mention
Environmental Activist Team and Teacher Colleen Dawson, Lord Selkirk School, Winnipeg

  • Students in grades four to six have created and lead the Environmental Activist Team at Lord Selkirk School.  The students learned about sustainable practices and healthy living, and have shared that information with the student body, staff and community.  The team also learned about and took charge of composting, recycling and biodiversity within the school, school yard and community.

Innovation and Research for Sustainability Award
Village of Dunnottar

  • The Village of Dunnottar undertook almost 10 years of research and testing to develop a low-cost, low-maintenance method of reducing nutrients in the effluent being released from municipal lagoons.  Following a successful pilot project, a full-scale passive filter using natural media was constructed in 2014 that has met or exceeded all testing parameters.

Champion for Sustainability Award
Stantec, Winnipeg 

  • Stantec is using its local operations to showcase, enhance and promote sustainability initiatives in the community.  The consolidation of staff at the new central downtown location created an opportunity to introduce a partnership with Peg City Car Co-op, a bike fleet, carpooling, a bus pass program, organic waste collection and a green cleaning program.

Sustainable Community Award
NorWest Community Food Centre, Winnipeg

  • This community food centre in northwest Winnipeg focuses on access to healthy food, food skill development and community engagement.  The centre meets immediate needs for free meals while also building a strong community and skills for personal change through community gardens and programs that teach people how to grow and cook healthy food.

Outstanding Achievement Award
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

  • FortWhyte Alive is an environmental and sustainable living centre that teaches and demonstrates the cornerstones of sustainability.  The centre provides environmental education, natural and cultural heritage programs and outdoor recreation opportunities.  FortWhyte Alive is working to enhance the sustainability of its operations through the 2015 Sustainability Action Plan which includes actions and targets to increase sustainability in energy, emissions and transportation, water use, waste diversion and procurement.

Honourable Mention
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Oak Hammock Marsh

  • Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre increases public understanding of the values of wetlands and encourages public support for their conservation through innovative education and outreach programs.  The centre has welcomed more than two million visitors since it opened in 1993, connecting them with the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

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