Nexterra, Dockside Green among winners at Globe Awards
The GLOBE Foundation of Canada announced the winners of the 2008 GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence at Globe 2008, celebrating Canadian companies that take a proactive approach to sustainable business strategies and have made significant strides towards developing progressive technologies and services.
Awards were presented in six categories: Technology Innovation and Application, Industry Award for Export Performance, Urban Sustainability, Corporate Environmental Excellence, ecoFREIGHT Transportation Award, and Sustainable Investment & Banking.
Nexterra Energy Corporation won in the Technology Innovation and Application category. Vancouver-based Nexterra is a leading developer and supplier of advanced gasification systems that convert waste biomass into clean-burning "syngas" to displace fossil fuels in the production of heat, steam and/or power. Nexterra’s technology has demonstrated to customers that they can reduce costs and become more energy self-efficient, while significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions and harmful air contaminants. Nexterra is finding new market applications through powerful alliances with industry leaders, including Johnson Controls Inc., Domtar, Tolko Industries, Vancity Capital, Terasen Energy Services and Corix. This category’s finalists included Ford Motors (Canada), Paradigm Environmental Technologies, and Trojan Technologies.
In the category of Export Performance, BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc. walked away a winner. BioteQ mining company and utility operators reduce their environmental liabilities while generating revenue from waste. BioteQ builds, owns and operates water treatment plants that produce saleable metal products that can pay for water treatment costs, and clean water that can be discharged to the environment. Export Performance finalists included JER Envirotech and Tantalus Systems.
Dockside Green took home the award recognizing Excellence in Urban Sustainability. A showpiece of sustainable design and technology, Dockside Green is a multi-million dollar project that includes residential, live/work, retail, office, light industrial uses and extensive public amenities. It will include 26 buildings (all aiming for LEED Platinum certification) totaling 1.3 million square feet, and is being built over the next six to eight years. Superior building practices and extensive community planning are transforming the 15-acre waterfront site from a contaminated industrial wasteland into an award winning, healthy and lively community that 2,200 residents will call home. This category’s finalists included Beasley and Associates, Planning Inc., Busby Perkins + Will, CIVITAS (for the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030), and Millennium Water (for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Village).
The Corporate Award for Environmental Excellence was presented to EnCana Corporation. Being recognized for their unconventional approach to running their natural gas and integrated oil company, EnCana produces 4.4 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent per day. Among the reasons behind being selected is EnCana’s continual strive to ensure their business is conducted in an ethical and socially responsible manner, where safe work practices and their unique approach to the environment are priorities.
Novex Delivery Solutions walked away with the ecoFREIGHT Transportation Award. Knowing that their business was a major contributor to the growing environmental problem, Novex Delivery Solutions has lead the way in accepting that responsibility. Novex has laid out a strategic plan that ensures the company is a truly sustainable organization.
The Award for Sustainable Investment and Banking was presented to Ethical Funds. With the largest team of sustainability analysts in the country, Ethical Funds evaluates all investments according to their financial, social and environmental performance.
For more information on finalists, visit www.theglobeawards.ca.