RCBC Environmental Awards 2017

Each year the Recycling Council of B.C. recognizes the valuable contribution that individuals and organizations make towards the preservation and protection of British Columbia's environment.

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The awards were presented at the 2017 RCBC Conference from June 21-23, 2017 in Whistler, BC. Congratulations to our 2017 Recipients!

Official Media Release (released June 29, 2017)

Photo Below: Winners representing Dell Canada, DreamRider Productions and Coast Mountain Bus Company

Representatives from Dell Canada, DreamRider Productions, and Coast Mountain Bus Company

  • Clover Earthkind SalonPrivate Sector: Organizations or their employees with outstanding initiatives to preserve and protect our environment. 
  • 2017 Recipient: Clover Earthkind Salon

Clover Earthkind Salon was the recipient of the 2017 RCBC Environmental Award for the private sector category. Clover Earthkind Salon has been actively reducing their solid waste and diverting recyclable materials away from the landfill for 8 years, and has been zero waste since 2013. Last year the diversion rate at the salon was 99.3% and they only generated 2kg of garbage. Clover Earthkind Salon has found diversion solutions for materials commonly found in the salon, including 43kg of hair clippings each year through composting. Recycled and reclaimed materials were used in the salon's construction; and in their operations they focus on recycled, reusable, biodegradable, non-toxic, and renewable wherever possible. Through all these efforts, the salon was able to save 1.9 tonnes of GHGs last year. 

Donna Bartel from Coast Mountain Bus Company with RCBC's Harvinder Aujala

  • Public Sector: Governments or their employees who have demonstrated excellence in the environmental field. 
  • 2017 Recipient: Coast Mountain Bus Company 

Coast Mountain Bus Company provides bus service operation and maintenance within Metro Vancouver, as a subsidiary of Translink since 1999. Coast Mountain has made many strides in reducing their environmental impact. Some initiatives include repurposing old uniforms into rags through a textile recycler. Monitoring idling time, which has reduced idling by 35% since 2009 and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 1.5 million kgs. Other environmental efforts include switching from chemical cleaning products to biodegradable ones, recovering spilled bus fluids through the installation of trapping hoods in stormwater catch basins, and utilizing a water recycling system for exterior bus washing, reducing the amount of water used by 75%. Coast Mountain Bus Company continues to make efforts in reducing their environmental footprint by adding 26 Hybrid-diesel buses, which use 17% less fuel, to their fleet this past Earth Day. Half of their entire fleet currently uses cleaner technology.

DreamRider Production's Sion Lanini with award

  • Non-Profit: Organizations providing services beyond expectations in environmental stewardship.
  • 2017 Recipient: DreamRider Productions

DreamRider Productions traces its beginnings to 1997, when they partnered with the City of Vancouver to create plays about environmental issues for kids. Since 2002, DreamRider has brought live theatre performances to over 200 Metro Vancouver elementary schools and 50,000 children per year at no cost to schools. Starting in 2009 the company began to translate its programming into digital formats, to expand its reach throughout BC, across Canada, and beyond. In particular, DreamRider has developed a suite of digital and online classroom programs called The Planet Protector Academy these focus on engaging children from grades 3 through 6, as well as their teachers and families, with the critical environmental issues of consumption and waste on a planet with finite resources. Specifically, PPA: Zero Heroes motivates kids to prevent waste, recycle food scraps, learn what it means to “buy smart”, and inspire others to take action!

Dell Canada's Elena Papakosta with RCBC Award

  • Innovation Award: Individual or company that achieves an outstanding technical accomplishment in design or development of a product or process that improves its sustainability or advances zero waste practices.
  • 2017 Recipient: Dell Canada 

Dell Canada has shown ongoing commitment to a circular approach in the way they produce their products and packaging. In the summer of 2014 Dell launched its closed-loop plastics supply chain: recovering obsolete technology through take back efforts, processing the plastics and molding them into new parts for new computers and monitors. Since then, Dell has created more than 2.5 million kilos of parts from closed-loop plastics globally. Dell is also looking at how other materials can be reused, including the introduction of products made with recycled carbon fiber. These innovative programs supplement their ongoing use of post-consumer recycled-content plastics and, since 2013 have used a cumulative total of 36.2 million pounds of sustainably sourced materials – well on their way to their goal of using 50 million pounds by 2020! Not only is Dell Canada focusing on sustainability, but also social change through their Legacy of Good Plan.

Lifetime Achievement winner Alan Stanley slide

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Individual that shows commitment and leadership in environmental stewardship. 
  • 2017 Recipient: Alan Stanley

A lifetime achievement award was presented to retiring Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) General Manager of Environmental Services Alan Stanley remotely via Facebook Live. Mr. Stanley, who retires this summer after more than 20 years serving the communities of Nanaimo and RDKB, is also a two time former RCBC board president. His contribution on public policy through his involvement in the RCBC policy development process helped shape the progressive instruments BC now uses to conserve resources and eliminate waste province-wide. 

We thank all those who submitted their organizations for consideration. We congratulate all the recipients and nominees for their contributions to environmental stewardship in British Columbia.

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