Islanders honoured for protecting our environment
The 30th annual Prince Edward Island Environmental Awards today (October 25) recognized a devoted group of Islanders for working to protect the natural environment we all share.
The Environmental Advisory Council chooses each year’s award winners from among nominations reviewed by its selection committee. Winners were announced in two categories: Organization and School.
“There is a lot of excellent environmental work being done across Prince Edward Island,” Communities, Land and Environment Minister Robert Mitchell said. “Our province’s size is our strength, because we have a well-connected, community-minded population that cares for one another and about keeping our Island a healthy, vibrant place to live and visit.”
The winners in this year’s Organization category awards are Kensington North Watersheds Association (KNWA) and Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS). This winning school is Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside.
“It is a highlight for me each year to participate in the selection and presentation of the Environmental Awards,” said Dean Stewart, Environmental Advisory Council chair. “These awards recognize the people, organizations and schools who work diligently to protect and enhance our environment. Ensuring we have a healthy and sustainable environment is a responsibility we all share.”
For more on the Prince Edward Island Environmental Awards, please visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/communities-land-and-environment/environmental-award-winners.
About this year’s Environmental Award winners:
- The Kensington North Watersheds Association has been active in community-based watershed management since 2008. The organization includes 18 watersheds and over 22,000 hectares of land. The KNWA has made a positive impact through raising public awareness, understanding and concern for the environment.
- Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society, a registered Canadian charitable organization, has been caring about environmental sustainability for years. Their efforts include public education and awareness of plastic pollution and environmental protection, involvement in past island and beach cleanups, and more.
- Three Oaks Senior High School staff and students are continuously placing focus on preserving and protecting the environment. Among the school’s efforts is the development of an interpretive trail system surrounding their school, which includes an outdoor classroom to allow students to learn in natural surroundings.