COQUITLAM, BC, March 3, 2020 – The City of Coquitlam is inviting nominations for its 2020 Environmental Achievement Awards to recognize volunteers and environmental stewards who work to promote, preserve and enhance Coquitlam’s natural environment.
Nominees can be teachers and educators, schools, organizations and service clubs, as well as adults, youth and children.
- Individual (Green Sprout) – ages 3-12
- Individual – ages 13-18
- Individual – 19 and over
- Teacher or Educator
- Group – School or Youth Club
- Group – Organization, Service Club, etc.
- Lifetime Achievement - 20 years or more of volunteer experience
New this year is the Green Sprout category for children ages 3–12 as the community is recognizing there are many younger people getting involved in their neighbourhoods or community and making a difference.
Awards Recognize a Wide Range of Contributions
Coquitlam has more than 2,200 acres of parks and natural spaces, including many kilometres of creeks, streams and rivers that stretch across the community.
Nominations can be made in the areas of:
- environmental conservation/protection;
- environmental education/public awareness;
- sustainable living; and
- habitat enhancement/rehabilitation.
More than 20 groups and hundreds of volunteers take on projects year-round that support the environment in many ways. A sample of volunteer actions and projects from previous years includes: shoreline cleanups, litter cleanups, nest box maintenance and guided public hikes, educational events and invasive plant removal, and stewardship activities.
Evaluation of the nominations will consider the scope of the project or commitment, initiative and leadership, how far the actions reach, and sustainability for the future. Eligible volunteers and organizations can also nominate themselves.
Nominees do not need to be residents of Coquitlam, but their activities or projects should occur in Coquitlam or directly benefit our community.
Nominations are also encouraged for individuals who quietly work behind the scenes, volunteers who have dedicated their expertise and time for 20 or more years, and newcomers or those who only recently completed a project.
To Submit a Nomination
Supporting documents, such as photos, newsletter articles, video clips, and letters of support strengthen a nomination and can be emailed to Environmental Achievement Awards or mailed or dropped off at: Coquitlam City Hall, Reception, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2, Attention: 2020 Environmental Achievement Awards.
Visit www.coquitlam.ca/enviroawards for all details and to complete the online nomination form.
Deadline for nominations is May 1, 2020.