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City of Vernon announces 2015 Sustainability Awards recipients

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May 30, 2015 - 5:31 PM

VERNON - The City of Vernon is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Sustainability Awards for outstanding achievements in four categories: Building and Development, Sustainable Business, Community Sustainability and Youth Initiatives. The following award recipients contribute to community sustainability through environmental stewardship, economic viability and social inclusiveness.

Building and Development: Ian Murphy headed up the development of small-lot, two-family residential properties in Vernon’s City Centre District, providing housing options closer to the downtown core, and reducing everyday reliance on personal vehicles.

Sustainable Business: Since starting Element Eco Design in 2010, Gord Hiebert and Jana Macnab have combined their specializations in energy-efficient building, land management and permaculture design to create integrated sustainable home and land systems that interact harmoniously with nature. Element Eco Design hosts workshops on edible landscapes, stormwater management, permaculture and sustainable design, and promoting and enhancing the value of sustainability in Vernon.

Community Sustainability: The Okanagan Regional Library – Vernon Branch hosts a variety of community workshops, speakers and events related to food security, permaculture, resource conservation, community resilience and social inclusiveness. Librarian Kristy Hennings has established outstanding sustainability outreach through community engagement and social networking.

Youth Initiatives: Sarah Clark actively volunteers with the North Okanagan Food Action Society and constantly does what she can to promote local food producers and connect people within our local food community. Sara also co-organized Roots and Brews – a fundraiser event that highlights local food producers and raises money for local food initiatives.

The winners will be recognized through various events and media during Environment Week from June 1 to June 7, and presented with their plaque of recognition during the Regular Open Meeting of Council at 1:30 p.m. on June 8.

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