March 14, 2018 – Vancouver, CANADA
Today, GLOBE Series presented GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards to two municipalities and two businesses at GLOBE Forum in Vancouver. The awards recognize exceptional Canadian organizations that are at the forefront of action on climate change.
Over a four-week period, 86 applications were submitted, and four winners were chosen. The selection panels consisted of members from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Business Council of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Smart Prosperity Leaders’ Initiative, and BASF Canada, along with officials from GLOBE Series and The Delphi Group. Judges looked at the ingenuity of the climate action innovations, the measure of the impacts on climate change, the adoptability of the innovations, and the level of engagement with residents and other organizations to take climate action.
The 2018 GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards recipients are:
Small/Medium Business Innovator – S2E Technologies
This company from St. Jacobs, Ontario was recognized for their smart communities, renewable energy, and micro-grid projects, and for their leadership and commitment to influence and engage stakeholders and policy to help advance local solutions to climate change.
Large Business Innovator – Bentall Kennedy
Bentall Kennedy is seen as an innovator because of its forward-looking approach to reducing its impact on the environment. The company also demonstrates leadership on climate action at home through its work with the Real Estate and Finance Community in Canada, and globally as the co-chair of the UNEP FI Property Working Group.
Small Municipal Trailblazer – Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Through their Community Energy Investment Plan, Bridgewater is putting in place unique and innovative climate mitigation activities to help create opportunities to renew the community and its economy. This plan includes making energy efficient retrofits to the community’s buildings, installing solar, wind and hydro generating energy and storage systems, and developing clean and active transportation systems such as expanding transit systems and electrifying the community’s vehicle fleets.
Large Municipal Trailblazer – Guelph, Ontario
Guelph takes a multi-faceted and holistic approach to fighting climate change. This includes energy management and retrofits, commitment to renewable energy projects, reducing carbon pollution through public transit, setting emissions targets, engaging local businesses with its Task Force on Community Energy and many more initiatives.
The GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards were presented with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal department of Environment and Climate Change, and in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Business Council of Canada, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
More information about the awards, including the winners’ videos, is available here: globeseries.com/forum2018/awards-en
“Businesses and municipalities across Canada are at the forefront of action on climate change. I’m proud to recognize these exceptional local and corporate leaders working hard to reduce carbon pollution, promote more sustainable practices, and put clean energy solutions into action. Their innovation, creativity, and leadership will help inspire others to take action – making our communities stronger, creating new jobs and business opportunities, and growing Canada’s clean economy.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“These outstanding Canadian businesses and municipalities are shining examples of what leadership in the 21st century looks like. They are paving the way for other organizations to not only survive but thrive in the clean economy.”
– Mike Gerbis, CEO, GLOBE Series
Alex Carr, GLOBE Series
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