EcoStar awards honour environmental leaders

From a nature-themed kids camp that quadrupled its enrolment in three years to the man who brought a community garden to Esquimalt, EcoStar awards honoured the region’s greenest.

The awards, handed out annually by the Capital Regional District, recognize individuals, businesses and not-for-profits that are making a difference to the local environment.

“The EcoStar Awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the region’s top environmental stewards, educate residents on the importance of sustainability and encourage green practices,” said Geoff Young, CRD board chair, in a statement.

The awards were handed out at a ceremony on June 1.

The winners were:

• Waste reduction: Lighthouse Brewery

• Waste reduction non-profit: Downtown Victoria Business Association

• Integrated watershed management: Jawl Investment Corporation

• Water stewardship: Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

• Climate action: Clean Air Landscaping

• Climate action non-profit: Recreation Oak Bay

• Land stewardship: Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours

• Land stewardship non-profit: Friends Uniting for Nature Society: Fun Camps Victoria

• Youth leader: Kati Walters

• Community environmental leader: Mark F. Salter

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