City of Brantford Environmental Recognition Awards 

imagery used on the posters and book marks promoting the award - drawing of green leaves and flowers and a cartoon man

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

The awards have a simple nomination process. To nominate someone for an award you'll need to provide:

  • basic contact information for the nominee
  • details of the project
  • supporting documents or pictures are optional but encouraged
  • your name and contact information

The deadline for submissions is February 24, 2017!

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 of projects eligible for this award 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.
  • Volunteer for individuals or community groups – This category is limited to those involved in organizations outside of their normal work. 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 People 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.

  • Young People – Elementary Age recognizes children aged 11 to 13 years, typically nominated by a teacher, parent, or educator.
  • Young People – Secondary Age recognizes young people aged 14 to 18 years. Brantford’s youth are passionately involved in a variety of environmental initiatives within their schools, communities and organizations.
  • Water/Energy Efficiency Award – Water/Energy is a precious resource which we must manage responsibly for the benefit of future generations. The Water/Energy Efficiency Award recognizes leadership in sustainably managing our water resources, reducing water/energy use, promoting water/energy conservation and innovative projects that have an impact on water/energy savings and sustainability – for example green infrastucture.

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 does 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 a panel created and monitored by the Environmental Policy Advisory Board.
  • The committee can choose to issue no award if there are not enough nominations or nominations do not score well in the judging criteria.
  • Previous nominees are eligible for nomination again but must be able to demonstrate progress on the initiatives identified in the previous nomination.
  • Previous recipients of the Environmental Recognition Award are eligible for nomination again three years after winning. For example, 2013 winners would be eligible for nomination again in 2016.
  • Posthumous awards will not be given. 
  • 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 Environmental Recognition Award. 

Selection Process

Award recipients will be selected by the committee and the awards will be presented at a ceremony during Earth Week.  Each award recipient’s environmental achievements will be featured on the City’s website and distributed to local media.

Judging Criteria

Nominations will be assessed on the following criteria:

Effectiveness (worth 50% of the final score)

  • What were the goals of the project? Were the goals met?
  • What was achieved and how was success measured? 

Innovation, creativity and originality (worth 20% of final score)

  • What innovative methods, strategies or ideas were used and how were they applied? 

Promotion of environmental stewardship (worth 15% of final score)

  • What actions were taken to share the project’s success and motivate others to contribute to a greener Brantford? 

Foresight (worth 15% of the final score)

  • Provide examples of how leadership, vision, foresight and persistence were demonstrated.

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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