Surrey Environment & Business Awards
The Surrey Board of Trade Environment & Business Awards are presented to Surrey based businesses or Surrey Board of Trade members who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to environmental leadership and/or issues. This may take the form of hands-on-work through recycling, promoting environmental awareness or education, pursuing ground-breaking environmental research, innovative environmental technology and/or partnerships with the community to promote the environment.
The awards will be presented at a lunch event on Thursday, September 15, 2016.
Small Business Award – Compy Inc.
Compy is a bio-product that is used in conjunction with a person’s organic waste bin. It helps to make things easier, by eliminating odours, absorbing moisture and gunk, and reducing fruit flies. It also reduces the need for bin washing, thus reducing water consumption. This patent pending product is all-natural, non-GMO, and pesticide-free. Compy utilizes 100% Canadian agricultural by-products in their composition, and is currently endorsed by Metro Vancouver, and the townships of Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Richmond.
Medium Business Award – Mansonville Plastics Group of Companies
Since its formation in 1959 as an expanded polystyrene (EPS) manufacturing company, Mansonville Plastics (B.C.) Ltd & Group of Companies has always been committed to service and quality as its hallmarks. With a diversified and well-rounded portfolio of EPS products, our customers have a great number of choices to respond to the business needs of their clients. Being environmentally responsible is part of their mandate in providing EPS solutions. Mansonville Group encourages EPS Recycling and prides itself of being the largest EPS recycler/processor in British Columbia that actively reuse recyclable EPS materials to produce new and innovative environmentally friendly finished products. Mansonville Group also worked with Surrey Board of Trade to develop a position paper to bring the EPS (also known as Styrofoam) recycling issue to the Federal level. This position paper was formally adopted by Canadian Chamber of Commerce as Resolution 41 – Accelerating Domestic Styrofoam Reuse and Remanufacture for Environmental and Economic Gain.
Large Business Award – Vancity Credit Union
Environmental sustainability is one of Vancity’s three guiding principles. They are environmentally conscious in their operations through energy efficiency, recycling and green building practices, as well as providing advice to their members and financial support for organization active in developing technology and services that benefit the environment. Vancity has been carbon neutral since 2008. This means that they reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible, then offset their emissions through the purchase of registered carbon offsets from emission-reducing activities others have undertaken that meet their offset criteria. Vancity has committed to action on four fronts:
- Reducing the negative environmental impact of our operations
- Helping members and employees act by providing education, products and services that benefit the environment
- Enabling the community to act by funding projects that reduce negative environmental impact
- Encouraging governments to implement public policy changes that reduce negative environmental impact.
Circular Economy Award – Cascades Recovery Inc.
A new Circular Economy Award was also presented this year. The winner has demonstrated that they re-invent, re-think and re-define how they use materials. They keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.
Cascades Recovery is the largest discarded material collector in Canada, committed to being circular. Cascades makes more than 400 green products from recycled fibre, amounting to 2.1 million short-tons per year. That means that as an environmentally responsible producer, they have saved over 35 million trees to fill Central Park (NY) 1,100 times. Cascades recognizes ‘Circularity’ is bigger than just their organization. They believe that success will be achieved when all stakeholders within the ‘Circle’ communicate openly and focus their efforts on the same end goal, positive end of life solutions. Their Recovery Plus Program collects not only the most sought after recyclable materials but focuses on finding and building the infrastructure to collect hard to handle materials. Their focus is on building an industry leading Discarded Material Recovery Programs by truly analyzing their partners’ needs and the overall system. They search domestically, internationally and overseas for positive end of life solutions for materials. Cascades works for brand owners to effectively and efficiently manage EPR programs in Canada. Currently managing the entire Province of British Columbia, they understand the brand owner’s needs and works with the entire supply chain to achieve success.
Small Business Category
Green Tech Resurfacing Ltd.
Seaboard Self Storage
Zero Waste Clothing
Medium Business Category
Fleetwood Adventure Service Ltd.
Sunrise Kitchens Ltd.
Mansonville Plastics Group of Companies
Large Business Category
Cascades Recovery Inc.
Vancity Credit Union
Progressive Waste Solutions
A new Circular Economy Award will also be presented this year to one of the nominees above. The winner will have demonstrated that they re-invent, re-think and re-define how they use materials. They will have kept resources in use for as long as possible, extracted the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.
Nominations are closed for 2016
Small, Medium and Large Business
Circular Economy Award
Is your business a part of the Resource Revolution that re-invents, re-thinks and re-defines how we use materials? Then you are a part of the circular economy. You keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. Participating in a circular economy means that your business or organization:
- Reduces waste
- Drives greater resource productivity
- Addresses emerging resource security/scarcity issues in the future
- Helps reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption
- Focuses on the three priority areas: Food and Drink; Clothing and Textiles; and Electricals and Electronics – all of which are underpinned by resource management
- Implements plans to extract the maximum value and use from raw materials, products and waste, fostering energy savings and reducing Green House Gas emissions.
Please submit your nomination to:
Small Sized Business: TBF Environmental Technology Inc.
Medium Sized Business: Executive Mat Service & Janitorial Supply
Large Sized Business: Emterra Environmental
Small Sized Business: TBF Environmental Technology Inc.
Medium Sized Business: Novex Delivery Solutions
Large Sized Business: Guildford Town Centre
Small Sized Business: EMPOWER ME Program by Quality Program Services
Medium Sized Business: Laser Valley Technologies Corp.
Large Sized Business: Novo Textiles Co. Ltd.
Small Sized Business: Urban Cultivator
Medium Sized Business: BC Plant Health Care Inc.
Large Sized Business: Lark Group
Winner: It’s Your Move!
Honourable Mention: Dr. Eric Kjeang, School of Business Engineering – Mechatronics at SFU
KNV Chartered Accountants, Environmental Innovation Award Category
Honeybee Centre, Environmental Sustainability Award Category
PB Copy, Small Business Award Category
Vancity Business Banking, Large Business Award Category
Product Care Association