New Brunswick presents 2005 Environmental Leadership Awards
FREDERICTON, NB-Mary's Food Processing, in Saint John, was one of six winners of New Brunswick's 2005 Environmental Leadership Awards. The company was honoured in the Business category for its approach to waste reduction, which extends beyond its doors and includes water reduction, composting and recycling. Mary's generates tonnes of organic waste during the preparation of fruits and vegetables, and through a variety of programs, none of that waste ends up in landfill. Some of the food waste is set aside for animal owners and all remaining organic materials are composted. As a result, 30 large bags of garbage have been reduced to three bags and five compost carts each week. The Lifetime Achievement award, a new category this year, was presented to George LaBelle. For over 50 years, Labelle has been planting and cultivating trees and shrubs in an arboretum that now houses more than 130 species. It has become known as a living laboratory, illustrating the benefits of a diversified forest. The award in the Communities, Groups, and Organizations category went to EOS Eco-Energy, a Sackville community-based organization formed to help the Tantramar region to become energy sustainable. Its goal is to have the region consume no more electrical energy than what can be produced from economically viable renewable sources. To this end, the group pursues research and education into the potential of producing electricity from wind energy, and promotes renewable energy sources for domestic, institutional and industrial use.