Langley environmental hero nominations are now open

This is the eighth year in which local champions of the environment have been honoured.

Langley MP Mark Warawa and the 2014 Environmental Hero nominations committee announced Tuesday that nominations for this year’s Environmental Hero Awards are now open. The nominations committee consists of representatives from each of the sponsoring partners: Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), Fort Langley National Historic Site, The Times, and Warawa.

“We invite all Langley residents to join in recognizing the hard work of those who have given their time and energy to promote environmental stewardship in our community,” said Warawa. “Environmental stewardship is fundamental to preserving Langley’s communities, forests, rivers and wildlife. If you know of a person, group or a business who has taken the initiative to do something positive for the environment, we’d like to hear about it.”

Members of the 2014 Environmental Hero nominations committee also voiced their continued support for this initiative.

“LEPS highly values the efforts of Langley citizens who champion for environmental sustainability in our community,” said Nichole Marples, executive director at Langley Environmental Partners Society.

“The Times looks forward to some stellar nominations this year, as we know many Langley residents are deeply involved in protection of the environment,” said publisher Dwayne Wiedendorf.

“Fort Langley National Historic Site is proud to partner with the Environmental Hero awards and work for the preservation of our natural heritage,” says Mark Anderson, acting site manager of the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

The nomination deadline is April 25.

Winners of the Environmental Hero awards will be presented on July 1, at Langley’s Canada Day celebrations. Winners will also be commemorated with a plaque and a heritage apple tree planted in their honour at the Fort Langley National Historic Site in the summer of 2014.

The award began in 2006 as a way to recognize Langley’s grassroots efforts, big and small, to protect the environment. It became clear environmental stewardship in Langley is an issue which people are passionate about. Nominations have since expanded to honour environmental initiatives by individuals, businesses, organizations and youth.

Nominations are in three categories: youth, (adult) individual, and business. Forms are available at markwarawa.com, leps.bc.ca, and langleytimes.com. Forms may be submitted electronically to langleyenvironmentalhero2014@gmail.com, by fax (604-534-5970), in person, or by mail at: #104-4769 222 St., Langley, B.C., V2Z 3C1.

 

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