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City Staff Honoured for Environmental Excellence

June 09, 2011

The City of Edmonton today recognized the environmental dedication of a number of its employees with the presentation of the Charles Labatiuk Environmental Excellence Awards.

The award, named after the late Charles Labatiuk, an engineer with the City’s Waste Management Branch and a dedicated environmentalist, is open to City of Edmonton employees who show initiative and leadership in minimizing the impact of their work on the environment.

“It’s the innovative spirit of City of Edmonton employees that will help us reach our environmental goals,” says City Manager Simon Farbrother. “I am proud of each of these individuals for taking the initiative and making real change for the better.”

The winners in each of the three categories were chosen from a field of nine finalists.

The winners for 2011 are:

Leadership

Janice Dewar, Drainage Services
Janice developed the Treat It Right® drainage education program for schools and the adult Store It, Don’t Pour It program. Both programs educate citizens about the proper disposal of fats, oils and grease.

Continual Improvement

Vegetation Management Team – Parks
This seven-member team is responsible for a significant reduction in the use of herbicides in City parks. Because of their work, less than 10 per cent of City parks are treated annually with herbicide, compared to 50 per cent before 2000.

Innovation

Aggregate Recycling Team – Transportation Operations
The seven-member Aggregate Recycling team is responsible for diverting over 200,000 cubic metres of asphalt, concrete and other construction waste material from the landfill to be used as coarse aggregate in City roadway and sidewalk construction.

The Charles Labatiuk awards are presented annually. This is the third year the awards have been presented.