October 8, 2007

Nominations open for CCME 2008 P2 Awards

Nominations have opened for the 2008 CCME Pollution Prevention Awards, to be presented at the Canadian Pollution Prevention Roundtable on June 12, 2008. Submissions are due by November 30, 2007.

The awards, co-sponsored by the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME) and the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2) recognize businesses and organizations showing leadership and innovation in pollution prevention in up to seven categories: Micro-Business (one to nine employees); Small Business (ten to 49 employees); Medium Business (50 to 500 employees); Large Business (more than 500 employees); Organization, Institution or Group; Innovations; and Greenhouse Gases Reduction.

Candidates may apply themselves or may be nominated. Previous applicants (non-winners) are encouraged to improve their pollution prevention (P2) efforts and re-apply. Previous winners may also re-apply for new initiatives. The awards are not open to federal and provincial government departments or companies and organizations that have had regulatory compliance concerns within the past calendar year.

Applications for the overall P2 award, presented to four business categories as well as the institution, organization, or group category, should focus on at-source P2 activities and results that have occurred within the past five years. The application can focus on one major pollution prevention project or several separate projects and should provide a sense of the company/organization's overall achievement of reducing or eliminating pollutants at source.

The Innovation award recognizes those companies/organizations which create the products, processes, practices, materials, systems, or technologies that others utilize to achieve pollution prevention in their operations. To be considered, nominees must be able to demonstrate a proven track record of pollution prevention results in a real world setting for their innovation.

The Greenhouse Gases Reduction award recognizes companies and organizations that use P2 approaches to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. All applicants may qualify for this Award if they provide the requested information in their application package. Companies and organizations should address the criteria for the overall company/organization awards while focusing on GHG reductions through pollution prevention.

Examples of the types of projects eligible for the P2 Awards include: efficient use and conservation of natural resources; substitution of "clean" and green materials and feedstock for conventional, more toxic materials; purchasing policies and inventory management practices that avoid the unnecessary generation of waste; product redesign and reformulation; and process or equipment modifications.

More information and application details are available from Chris Wolnik at C2P2, 416/979-3534, E-mail chris@c2p2online.com, or on the C2P2 Web site, www.c2p2online.com/CPPR, or the CCME Web site, www.ccme.ca.

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