February 12, 2007

Alcan, IBLF open entries for 2007 Sustainability Prize

MONTREAL, QUE-Alcan and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) have begun accepting entries for the $1 million (U.S.) Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2007. The Alcan Prize is open to all not-for-profit, non-governmental, and civil society organizations based anywhere in the world that are working to advance the goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. The Alcan Prize for Sustainability was created four years ago to recognize the not-for-profit sector for its contributions to global sustainability both in the community and more widely by influencing policy. In addition to the $1-million prize, Alcan grants worth $15,000 (U.S.) will be awarded to nine NGOs to invest in certifiable capacity training such as the one-year, part-time postgraduate certificate in cross-sector partnership accredited by the University of Cambridge. The 2006 Alcan Prize winner was the Barefoot College of India, an organization devoted to improving the lives of India's poorest people by emphasizing practical knowledge and skills over paper qualifications through a learning-by-doing process of education. Information on eligibility criteria and submission of entries is available on-line at www.alcanprizeforsustainability.com. The closing date for receipt of entries is midnight March 31, 2007.

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