Carneys Waste Systems has won one of five Sustainability Awards handed out by the Fraser Basin Council this week.
The Understanding Sustainability Award was presented to Pat Johnstone of Carneys.
Carneys Waste Systems has been providing waste management services to the District of Squamish for over 30 years, to Whistler for more than 25 years and to the entire Sea to Sky corridor for more than a decade. Carneys has played a significant role in developing efficient and effective recycling programs throughout the region, the Fraser Basin Council said. Carneys has also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to 3R education in local schools and has contributed generously to volunteer programs in the community.
Linda Carney, who passed away earlier this year, is credited with driving the companys education program.
Other winners announced by the Fraser Basin Council include the Salmon River Watershed Roundtable, which won the Overall Sustainability Award; the Fraser Valley Regional Watershed Coalition won the Caring for Ecosystems Award; the Strengthening Communities Award went to West Fraser Timber Company; and the Improving Decision Making Award went to Sun Rivers Development Corp. for sun Rivers Community.
The five awards recognize communities, organizations and individuals throughout the Basin for their contributions toward the sustainability of the Fraser Basin.
"The achievements of these award winners embody what sustainability is all about and stand as inspiration to others to continue working toward a Basin where social, economic and environmental sustainability are all in balance," said Iona Campagnolo, Chair of the Fraser Basin Council.
The Fraser Basin Council is a unique autonomous non-governmental organization committed to advancing the sustainability of the Fraser Basin, which covers 25 per cent of British Columbias landmass and accounts for nearly 80 per cent of the gross provincial product and 10 per cent of Canadas gross domestic product. The Council is made up of representatives from the four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) and community organizations, and private sector enterprises.