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Friday October 10th, 2014

Posted at 11:00am

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority is looking to recognize the good work towards continued growth and contribution in the area of environmental improvements.

If you know of an organization or individual who has contributed to the environment in the past year, then they want to hear about it. ERCA is calling for nominations for its 2014 Conservation Awards. These awards honour and recognize those in the community who have made outstanding contributions towards improving the natural environment, and ultimately the health and quality of life in the Essex Region.

“We feel it is important to recognize and thank all those who are making a tangible contribution towards achieving a healthy and sustainable future for the Windsor-Essex community,” explains Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Community Outreach Services. While the United Nations has indicated that at a minimum, at least 12% of any region must consist of natural areas, in the Essex Region, merely 8.5% of our local landscape remains in its natural state. “We hope others will be inspired by these organizations and individuals making these effort.”

The annual Awards will be presented to individuals and organizations in four categories:

The Youth Award recognizes a youth leader who has undertaken habitat or conservation projects or activities and is a student in the elementary or secondary schools of our region.

The Education Award for excellence in conservation education programs or projects in schools, organizations, companies, youth groups, etc.

The Volunteer Award for outstanding effort in volunteering time and services for conservation programs and projects

The Environmental Achievement Award for programs or projects which have enhanced the region’s environment. In addition to individuals and organizations, municipalities can also be nominated for environmental achievements.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.erca.org by clicking the About ERCA page and the ‘Conservation Awards’ tab, or nominators can simply write a one page summary of the individual or organizational accomplishments that merit the receipt of the award.

Nominations close on Friday, December 5, 2014. The awards, presented since 1992, will be presented at ERCA’s Annual General Meeting in January 2015.

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