City of Brantford Environmental Recognition Awards 

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About the Awards

The City of Brantford established the Brantford Environmental Recognition Awards in 2013. The City’s Environmental Policy Advisory Committee will call for nominations in a number of categories. The awards will be presented annually to adults and youths who have demonstrated environmental leadership.

Nomination Process

Nominations are received year round for the Environmental Recognition Awards, with the awards being distributed at a City Council Meeting around Earth Week. You can nominate yourself or anyone else by filling out the nomination form. Some questions do not apply to all categories and can be left blank. Provide supporting documents if available and provide contact information for yourself and the nominee. Nomination forms and supporting documents can be sent to or dropped off at City Hall (100 Wellington Square).

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018!

Click to download a fillable PDF nomination form (opens in a new window).

Nomination forms can also be requested by:
Telephone: 519-759-4150 (ex. 5358)
Fax: 519 759-7840
Mail: Julia Sippel, City Hall, P.O. Box 818, Brantford ON, N3R 5R7


  • Lifetime Achievement honours an individual who has made a substantial contribution to green/environmental issues over many years, typically after many years of activity and measurable improvements in sustainability, education, advocacy, green infrastructure, or environmental clean ups and restoration.
  • Green Non-profit in Brantford recognizes a government agency, institution or non-profit organization for its contribution to maintaining a healthy environment. This is typically where educational and healthcare projects may apply. Examples include community gardens, community clean ups, initiatives which preserve and/or restore local ecosystems and wildlife habitats, and activism to establish and sustain protected areas. This also includes examples of non-profits that are taking the lead in improving the environmental sustainability of their products/services, administrative policies, programs and/or operations.
  • Green Business in Brantford honours a business for its focus on the green/environmental health of Brantford. The Green Business award recognizes businesses for excellence in green practices, strategies and products that benefit the city of Brantford. Examples of businesses eligible for this award include those that are taking the lead in improving the environmental sustainability of their products/services, business practices, programs and/or operations.
  • Greenest Family in Brantford recognizes a family for outstanding achievement in reducing its environmental footprint. These measures are limited to the family practices but might include an improved streetscape, water reductions, energy efficiency, clean ups and restorations of natural habitats, natural gardening practices and/or street wide green awareness.
  • Environmental Volunteer recognize those involved in environmental initiatives as a volunteer. This would apply to tree planting, river clean ups, awareness raising and advocacy through an organization, non-profit or institution. These are unpaid volunteer hours for green/environmental actions and projects.

The Young Environmental Champion Awards recognize the leadership of young people in projects which create a cleaner, greener Brantford. Examples of projects eligible for this award include those which naturalize school grounds, reduce waste, recycle, conserve energy, protect wildlife, fundraise, and educate others. Students are typically nominated by a teacher, parent, peers or educator.

  • Young Environmental Champion – Elementary Age recognizes children aged 6 to 13 years who demonstrate environmental leadership and impact.
  • Young Environmental Champion – Secondary Age recognizes young people aged 14 to 18 years who demonstrate environmental leadership and impact. Brantford’s youth are passionately involved in a variety of environmental initiatives within their schools, communities and organizations.

The Committee encourages nominations of individuals who have demonstrated leadership in projects that resulted in measurable improvements in preservation, conservation, sustainability, education, advocacy, green infrastructure, or environmental clean ups and restoration.

Eligibility Requirements & Rules

  • Individuals who are nominated must be a resident of the City of Brantford. If he or she is not, the project must directly contribute to improving the environment in Brantford.
  • Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by another person or group.
  • No project is too big or too small.
  • Nominations will be assessed by the Environmental Policy Advisory Committee.
  • The Committee is not obligated to issue awards in all categories regardless of applications received and holds the right to issue more than one award in any category.
  • Previous recipients of the Environmental Recognition Award are eligible for nomination again.
  • Elected officials are not eligible for the Environmental Recognition Award.
  • City of Brantford agencies, boards, commissions, special purpose bodies and City divisions are not eligible for the Award.

Selection Process

Award recipients will be selected by the Committee and the awards will be presented at a Council Meeting during Earth Week activities. Each award recipient's environmental achievements will be featured on the City's website and distributed to local media.

Evaluation Criteria

To see the evaluation criteria, please click here for the criteria to open in a new page.

Award Winners 2017 - currently being updated.

Award Winners 2016

King George Public School: Young People, Elementary Age

The King George Public School is an elementary school with extraordinary initiative. The King George Green Team is made up of representatives from thirteen classes of students ranging from grade 1 through 8. The primary grade members meet monthly and the junior grade members meet twice a month. Together, the King George Green Team spearheads a number of eco-initiatives within the school environment that spread the messages of Energy Conservation, Waste Reduction, and ultimately creating and maintaining a healthy planet. The Team goes on “walkabouts”, rating classrooms on energy consumption and waste management, and helped with a school-wide waste audit. They engage the entire student body in eco-campaigns and initiatives like Sweater Days to conserve energy, promoting the increased use of reusable containers, recognizing Earth Hour, and actively recycling paper, plastic, metal, and glass as well as printer cartridges. One of the most outstanding initiatives of the King George Green Team is the collection of difficult-to-recycle packaging, such as used baggies and cookie/cracker wrappers. These materials are sold to TerraCylce, internationally recognized upcycling/recycling company TerraCycle which repurposes these materials into new products. Raising money while diverting waste from landfill – Congratulations to the students of King George Public School and the King George Green Team for their eco-leadership and modeling the future economy!

GELA – Grand Erie Learning Alternatives – Young People – Secondary Age and Green Non-profit

GELA aims to increase opportunities for student success in a flexible, alternative learning environment that offers a variety of credit courses, co-operative education, and digital learning platforms. The students and staff at GELA have accomplished a number of environmental initiatives, which resulted in them achieving a real first in Brantford’s Green Environmental Recognition: distinguished achievement in two categories!

Within the category of Young People – Secondary Age, the GELA cohort has focused on waste minimization, energy conservation, greening of the school grounds, and environmental education and stewardship campaigns. The students conducted waste audits to benchmark their own diversion rate, organized campaigns to teach people how to recycle, and engaged in consistent monitoring of the waste stream to determine their success of their waste minimization efforts. While ensuring that there own computers and lights were turned off when not in use, the students also tracked the efforts of other classes to similarly conserve energy. And to reduce energy consumption in the big picture, they organized an ugly sweater day as a fun way to engage the student body in turning down the thermostat, and reducing the energy footprint of the school.

Within the category of Green Non-Profit, the GELA students took the extraordinary step of engaging their community in the greening of the school grounds by establishing a monarch garden, planting fruit trees, and building three community gardening boxes. This project was realized through the awesome collaboration of 200 students, 15 staff members, and interested neighbours and members of the broader Brantford community. The positive involvement from the school and the surrounding neighbourhood continues to reverberate in the current 2015-16 school year. Congratulations to the students and staff of GELA in achieving the Ontario Eco-School Silver designation for their incredible eco-efforts and community engagement!

Award Winners 2015

Grace Zhou: Young People Secondary Age category.
Green Team Bellview School: Young People Secondary Age category.
Pauline Johnson Collegiate: Green Non-Profit category.
Tom Sitak: Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award.
Brantford Garden Club:  Water/Energy Efficiency category.
Mr. Narine Dat Sookram: Honorable Mentioned - environmental awareness and recycling

The 2015 Environmental Recognition Awards were presented at the May 19, 2015 City of Brantford Council Meeting. Recipients received a certificate from Mayor Chris Friel.

Click to find out more about the 2015 winners.

Award Winners 2014

Tracey Bucci - Volunteer Category and
Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus  - Green Non-Profit Category.

Click to find out more about the 2014 winners.

Award Winners 2013

Reuben DeBoer - Youth Leadership Category
Doris Myke - Adult Leadership Category

Click to find out more about the 2013 winners.

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