NB Premiers Award Winners announced
Fredricton, NB — We're coming late to this, but in late May, recipients in 13 different categories were presented with the New Brunswick Premier’s Awards for Energy Efficiency by Premier Shawn Graham in Fredericton.
The awards were developed by Efficiency NB to recognize best practices in energy efficiency in New Brunswick, and were presented for the first time this year.
Graham told the crowd that among the nominations were many inspirational stories of people, groups, organizations and communities that have taken up the challenge of becoming more energy efficient.
“I was especially impressed by the strong show of leadership from within organizations and communities to champion energy efficiency,” said Graham.
He also spoke of the benefit of energy efficiency to the New Brunswick economy. The average participant in Efficiency NB’s Existing Homes Program spends $11,000 on energy efficiency upgrades. Since the program began, participants have spent over $50 million in their local communities.
“These investments in materials and skilled labour help to stimulate the economic growth that New Brunswick must undergo to be self-sufficient by 2026,” said Graham.
Outstanding energy efficiency project awards were presented to the best performers in six of Efficiency NB’s energy efficiency incentive programs. They were:
Commercial Retrofit, Saint John Theatre Company, Saint John;
Commercial New Construction, Peterbilt New Brunswick, Moncton;
Residential Retrofit, Martin and Sandra Searle, Hampton;
Residential New Construction, Dwayne and Gisele Mann, Colpitts Settlement;
Residential Multi-Unit Retrofit, Jean-Yves Boudreau, Saint John; and
Residential Multi-Unit New Construction, Guy Long, Edmundston.
This is the first year for the awards, for which a public call for nominations generated almost 50 submissions in seven categories. Energy Efficiency Champion awards were presented in six categories:
Energy Efficiency Champion – Commercial Sector
The Energy Efficiency Champion Commercial Sector Award recognizes an individual or group within the commercial and institutional sector who advocates energy efficiency and displays leadership through activities such as planning, auditing, facility and energy management.
Winner – Agriculture and Agri-food Potato Research Centre, Fredericton
Energy Efficiency Champion – Industrial Sector
The Energy Efficiency Champion – Industrial Sector Award recognizes an individual or group within the large industry sector who advocates energy efficiency and displays leadership through activities such as planning, auditing, facility and energy management.
Winner – Flakeboard Company Ltd., St. Stephen
Energy Efficiency Champion – Residential Sector
The Energy Efficiency Champion – Residential Sector recognizes a property owner, who is an advocate of energy efficiency and who, through a new construction or an existing home retrofit has displayed leadership and best practices in the area of energy efficiency. Owners of single-family or multi-unit residential buildings are eligible for this award.
Winner – Krista Downey, Lower Queensbury
Energy Efficiency Champion – Manufacturer (Product)
Energy Efficiency Champion – Manufacturer (Product) recognizes the success of a New Brunswick company in manufacturing and supplying a product that contributes to increasing the energy efficiency or decreasing energy use within homes, residential buildings or commercial, institutional or industrial facilities in New Brunswick.
Winner – ALLSCO Windows and Doors Ltd., Moncton
Energy Efficiency Champion – Retailer
The Energy Efficiency Champion – Retailer Award recognizes any retailer that, through its business practices or operations in New Brunswick, is a leading advocate, within the retail sector for energy efficiency in the province.
Winner – Canadian Tire Corp., New Brunswick stores
Energy Efficiency Champion – Individual
The Energy Efficiency Champion – Individual Award recognizes an Individual from New Brunswick who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to energy efficiency in the community, workplace, home, neighbourhood, school, etc., even though “energy management” is not his or her primary role.
Winner – Lois Nicholson, Murray Corner
Outstanding Energy Efficiency Achievement – Community
The final presentation of the evening was the Community Award for Outstanding Energy Efficiency Achievement, which was presented to the city of Fredericton and accepted by climate change co-ordinator, Alycia Morehouse.