City of Pitt Meadows presents five Green Star Award Winners

April 17, 2013

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April 17, 2013
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City of Pitt Meadows presents five Green Star Award winners

Pitt Meadows, BC – The City of Pitt Meadows recognized five local winners with a “Green Star” Award at Tuesday's Council Meeting. The third annual award recognizes members of the community for their roles in implementing and encouraging green practices within Pitt Meadows.

This year, the awards were extended from recognizing businesses to also include residents, community groups and school classrooms.

“On behalf of Council, I am proud of all the efforts businesses and residents have made in Pitt Meadows to integrate environmental decisions into their daily lives,” said Mayor Deb Walters. “Congratulations to all the winners.”

The Going Green Award recipients included:

Business Award for Most Integrated Green Solutions
Less than 10 employees:
Moz Hair Studio
More than 10 employees:
Hopcott Premium Meats

Business Award for Awareness and Advocacy
Less than 10 employees:
Honeyland Canada,
More than 10 employees:
Amsterdam Greenhouses and Garden Centre

Resident Award for Integrated Green Solutions
Adam Rieu

The award winners and others will be present at the Pitt Meadows Earth Day celebration on Monday, April 22 from 10 am to 2 pm in Spirit Square. Residents are invited to come meet them and find out how to make a positive impact on the environment.

For more details on what which each community member is doing to protect and promote the environment, visit the City's website at pittmeadows.bc.ca under What's New.

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2013 Going Green Awards Finalists

Moz Hair Studio – Business Award for Most Integrated Green Solutions (less than 10 employees)

· The first Pitt Meadows hair salon to be recognized as a Green Circle Salon.

· They have a comprehensive recycling and repurposing program that ensures hair, foils, colour tubes, aerosols, plastics, papers and chemicals are diverted out of waste and water streams.

· In 2012, Green Circle Salon diverted 80,000 lbs of salon waste from Canadian landfills and waterways from their 200+ member salons.

Hopcott Premium Meats – Business Award for Most Integrated Green Solutions (more than 10 employees), http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

· Today, Hopcott Premium Meats is a third generation family farm that includes a beef feedlot, a retail meat store, a corn maze, cranberry bogs and some small scale mixed berry production.

· Hopcotts is passionate about fresh local foods, and are please to offer a variety of local meats, cheeses, andproduce through our Hopcott Premium Meats store.

· They raise their beef the old fashioned way, without the use of hormones or antibiotics. They dry age their beef in store for maximum tenderness and flavour.

Honeyland Canada – Business Award for Awareness and Advocacy (less than 10 employees), http://www.honeylandcanada.com/

· Honeyland Canada keeps more than 1000 colonies of bees. Their bees pollinate their own organic blueberry farm and non-spray fruit orchards for the production of pure and natural honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis and more.

· They offer interactive and educational bee tours to help people discover honeybees and understand modern beekeeping.

Amsterdam Greenhouses and Garden Centre – Business Award for Awareness and Advocacy (more than 10 employees), http://www.amsterdamgreenhouses.ca/

· Amsterdam Greenhouses provides classroom seminars on gardening and the benefits of locally grown and sold products.

· They focus their business on supporting local businesses in Pitt Meadows and other suppliers in the Lower Mainland, seen through their commitment of selling plants grown within a 100 mile radius.

· They advocate the use of organic products – seeds, fertilizers and alternate pest control methods – to reduce the use of chemicals in the environment.


Adam Rieu – Resident Award for Integrated Green Solutions

· Adam has introduced worm composting at Ridge Meadows Recreational Centres and has taught many children in Ridge Meadow Daycamps and in Elementary Schools in Pitt Meadows about recycling and how to make their own worm composts.

· He encourages reusable water bottles and litterless lunches.

· He advocates for people to reduce their carbon footprint by biking or walking to work.

· Adam took his efforts global, where he recently spent 4 months on an internship in India teaching people how to grow their own food and helping them create a roof-top garden.