Sustainable Kingston announces 2021 award winners

Every year, Sustainable Kingston hosts the Sustainable Kingston Awards to celebrate the accomplishments in sustainability in the local community.

This year, Queen’s University, Lanark County, J.E. Agnew Food Services, Earthub Kingston and students’ Maeve Cotton and Danica Hassen from Bayridge Secondary School are receiving 2021 Sustainable Kingston Awards for their hard work in mitigating the climate emergency and fostering a culture of sustainability in our community, according to a release from Sustainable Kingston.

The award winners will be recognized through a series of videos to be released throughout the week of December 20, 2021.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Queen’s University is the recipient of the Greatest Overall GHG Emissions Reduction Award. Queen’s reduced their carbon footprint by 6023 tonnes, has achieved its goal of reducing emissions by 35 per cent from 2008 to 2020, and is on the path to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2040.
  • J.E. Agnew Food Services is the recipient of the Greatest GHG Emissions Reduction Award given to the member of Sustainable Kingston’s program with the greatest percentage reduction of its carbon footprint. The company reduced their GHG emissions by 56.9% in the past year.
  • Earthub Kingston is the recipient of the Sustainability Champion Award. In less than a year, Earthub Kingston has established a circular waste diversion system in our community and helped support local businesses engaged in sustainability.
  • Danica Hassen and Maeve Cotton are the co-winners of the Youth Sustainability Champion Award. Thanks to their hard work and leadership, Bayridge Secondary School reached Platinum status as an ECO school.
  • Lanark County is the recipient of the Sustainable Kingston Innovation Award. Lanark County is developing a bold Climate Action Plan in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Partners for Climate Protection Program and has helped local businesses reduce their carbon footprint by funding memberships for 8 small businesses.

“All of this year’s award recipients have, in their own way, demonstrated leadership, innovation and a significant commitment to sustainability,” said Cedric Pepelea, COO of Sustainable Kingston. “Congratulations to everyone who helped make these achievements possible.”

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