Climate Champion awards
We're thrilled to announce the 2023 winners of the second annual Climate Champion Awards in Maple Ridge.
Watch their 1-minute videos to hear how each of the winners is fighting climate change:
Carla Van Der Pauw – educating youth on the causes of climate change and the solutions we need
Dee and Rick Hislop – reclaiming a house that was headed for the landfill
Gerry Pinel – bringing local people together around climate and the environment
Intergenerational Garden – senior volunteers mentoring children to plant, harvest and prepare fresh produce
Perk Eco – working with coffee shops to divert compostables and recyclables from the waste stream
The Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation – funding research into clean energy solutions to climate change
And honourable mention goes to:
Sunflower Café and Yellow House Farm - using natural methods to regenerate the soil, preserve biodiversity and reduce their carbon footprint
Many thanks to our sponsors
A big thank-you goes to the following community-minded sponsors for contributing great swag for our winners.
The Maple Ridge Public Library
The Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association
City of Maple Ridge Parks & Recreation Department
What is a Climate Champion?
A Climate Champion is someone who lives in Maple Ridge – or a local business or organization – who takes action to fight the causes of climate change.
Maybe it’s a teacher who helps their students learn about the causes of climate change and what each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint.
It might be an architect who designs buildings to high efficiency standards.
Or a builder who recycles materials during demolition, rather than sending it all to the landfill.
Perhaps it’s someone who advocates for active transportation, from safe cycling and walking routes to more extensive and frequent buses and trains. Or a person who cycles everywhere by choice.
It could be a business that’s committed to reducing their emissions through purchasing, operations or delivery.
Or an individual who reduces their own emissions through energy retrofits to their home, different transportation and food choices, or impressive efforts to reduce waste.
Use the form below to nominate a person, organization or business who shows a commitment to fighting climate change.