October 10, 2005

CCME's P2 Awards introduce new class for small business

SARNIA, ONT-A new micro business category, encompassing enterprises with one to nine employees, has been established for the 2006 Pollution Prevention Awards. The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) is inviting submissions for the awards, with the nomination deadline set for November 30, 2005. Up to seven companies or organizations will be honoured for their overall pollution prevention efforts, innovations, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The new award category recognizes that micro-sized enterprises in the industrialized world have the potential to make a significant contribution to Canada's state of the environment, given that they account for 70-90% of the total number of enterprises. Other categories include: small business (10 to 49 employees); medium business (50 to 500 employees); large business (more than 500 employees); and organization, institution or group. All winners will receive a uniquely designed award at the 10th Canadian Pollution Prevention Roundtable in Halifax on June 14, 2006. The CCME established the P2 awards program in 1997 to support its focus on preventing pollution at the source, rather than cleaning it up or treating it after it has been created. In 2003, CCME entered into a partnership with the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2) to present the awards. More information about the awards program, including application procedures, is available from Chris Wolnik, C2P2 executive director, 1-800-667-9790, E-mail chris@c2p2online.com, or on the C2P2 or CCME Web sites, www.c2p2online.com/CPPR, www.ccme.ca.

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