EcoStar Categories

Thank you to all the businesses, organizations, and residents helping to nurture the environmental community and propel our region into a brighter future. Recognizing environmental leaders is what the EcoStar Awards is all about. Spread the word!

Awards are offered in the following categories:

Community Environmental Leader

Award sponsored by CRD

An individual’s commitment and vision are often what is needed to engage and inspire sustainable behaviour and improve the regional and global environment. Community Environmental Leaders come in many forms, but they all demonstrate a significant contribution to the environmental stewardship of our region.

The Community Leader Award honours the work of an individual who has continually gone the extra mile to help steward our environment and engage in conservation. Community leadership is not age dependent; the award winner will have a record of excellence in contributing to the state of the region’s environment, while serving as a positive role model within the community. Aspects that are important to take into consideration are volunteerism, consistent dedication to the environment and improving the quality of life offered within our region.

Youth Leader (under 24 years of age)

Award sponsored by Times Colonist

Youth hold the key to future stewardship and recognizing their valuable contributions will help ensure a future with committed environmental leaders.

The Youth Leader Award celebrates a youth who has contributed to community participation, leadership, emerging initiatives and vision within our region. An active member in the environmental community, the winner will lead the way as an environmental steward. To be eligible, the nominees must have been 24 years of age or younger on December 31, 2012.

Waste Reduction

Award sponsored by reFuse Resource Recovery

Waste reduction is an essential part of promoting a safe, clean and thriving region. By reducing our waste we can reduce greenhouse gases while ensuring a vibrant future for our communities.

The Waste Reduction Award acknowledges an individual, group or organization that draws attention to the richness and diversity of the natural world and the importance of working toward ecological sustainability through waste avoidance and resource conservation. Nominees should be working toward positive alternatives to standard waste disposal. Programs may be implemented by other individuals or businesses and should work to increase awareness of waste reduction needs. Education, engagement and empowering others to rethink the standard recycle, reuse, reduce strategy are also essential attributes of this award.

Programs, projects or initiatives may include: recycling, composting, reuse or waste-to-energy processes, or proper disposal programs such as the pharmaceuticals return program.

Depending on the quantity of non profit submissions received within this category, a separate Non-Profit Waste Reduction Award may be presented.

Climate Action

Award sponsored by BC Transit

Climate change demands a whole new approach to the way we live and do business in the Capital Region. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and focusing on future-friendly policies, programs and technologies is vital for healthy and vibrant and resilient communities.

The Climate Action Award acknowledges an individual, group or organization who actively works to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and/or adapt to the economic, social and environmental consequences of climate change. Efforts to reduce or avoid energy consumption, implement renewable technologies, shift policies or practices, and help to shift to a greener, low-carbon economy will be considered.

Programs, projects or initiatives may include physical projects, capacity building initiatives or plans, stakeholder engagement activities, and general climate leadership.

Depending on the quantity of non profit submissions received within this category, a separate Non-Profit Climate Action Award may be presented.

Land Stewardship

Award sponsored by 98.5 Ocean

The diversity of our landscapes is one of the truly captivating features of living on southern Vancouver Island. From agricultural farms to the biodiversity of Garry oak meadows, from urban parks to the majesty of our coastal Douglas fir forests—the CRD contains a multitude of lands worthy of protection, stewardship and care.

The Land Stewardship Award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations working on preserving, enhancing or restoring ecosystems and/or expanding local food production, urban forests or natural parks. Innovation and education, protection and preservation of our natural landscapes are important aspects of the Land Stewardship Award, and could include urban forest projects, ecosystem planning, best practices in land use management or food security education programs.

Programs, projects or initiatives may include physical projects such as ecosystem restoration or garden creation, educational initiatives, and capacity building programs that reflect the importance of land stewardship in rural or urban areas.

Depending on the quantity of non profit submissions received within this category, a separate Non Profit Land Stewardship Award may be presented.

Integrated Watershed Management

Award sponsored by Golder Associates

Integrated Watershed Management is an essential part of ensuring a safe, healthy, and thriving ecosystem both on land and in the water. Protecting and ensuring continued care and attention to our watersheds ensures a bright healthy future within our region.

The Integrated Watershed Management Award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations working on protecting and restoring urban and rural watersheds, educating and practicing rainwater and stormwater management, protecting watershed habitats and ecosystems, and managing water flows to improve watershed function in developments. Innovative, progressive projects that allow for educational opportunities and display continued dedication and leadership within the community are important aspects.

Programs, projects and initiatives may include restoring and protecting urban and rural watersheds, education and outreach campaigns, specific assessment and planning programs, and developments that use innovative rainwater management techniques to help protect our natural environment.

Depending on the quantity of non-profit submissions received within this category, a separate Non-Profit Integrated Watershed Management Award may be presented.

Water Stewardship

Not Awarded in 2013

Water is part of our everyday life and we are part of the water cycle. We drink it, we play in it, we work with it and we bathe in it. We bring water into our homes and businesses and then we return it to the environment. The Water Stewardship Award acknowledges individuals, groups or organizations that have shown a commitment to protecting the water that we use and put back into our environment. Innovative, progressive projects that allow for educational opportunities and display continued dedication and leadership within the community are important qualities of this award.

Programs, projects or initiatives may include: reducing indoor or outdoor water consumption, public awareness campaigns, water saving or wastewater pretreatment technology development or use, water reuse, and wastewater management practices.

Depending on the quantity of non profit submissions received within this category, a separate Non Profit Water Stewardship Award may be presented.