A winner in the 2003 APEGGA Summit Awards®
has received another prestigious award for its micro-utility
system, this time from the Alberta Emerald Foundation for
Environmental Excellence. Mariah Energy Corp. received the
Emerald Award in the small business category for its Heat
PowerPlus System, which features on-site generation and delivery
of high-efficiency, reliable and clean heat and power.
In April Mariah Energy received the APEGGA Project Achievement
Award for its use of the system for Suntec Greenhouses in
Medicine Hat. The Emerald Awards were presented June 11 in
Calgary, with the list of winners including Mariah and several
other APEGGA permit holders and members.
In the corporate/institutional leadership category, permit
holder Suncor Energy Inc. and Don Klym, P.Eng., were awarded
for their efforts to address the cumulative effects of increased
oilsands development in the Wood Buffalo Region. The Emerald
Foundation credits Mr. Klym and his "expertise and energy"
for much of the work in launching the Cumulative Environmental
Management Association. CEMA is multi-party group dedicated
to finding mutually agreeable solutions for environmental
management in the region.
In one of two education categories, permit holder Sunpine
Forest Products Ltd. received an Emerald Award for its Des
Crossley Demonstration Forest Education Project. With a number
of partners, Sunpine initiated the creation of the field site
in Central Alberta.
The Sunpine project addressed a lack of hands-on opportunities
for Central Alberta teachers to educate their students about
forest ecology, forestry practices and other forest issues.
Use of the program has grown from 400 student visitors in
1999 to more than 3,700 in 2002.
The City of Edmonton, another permit holder, received a government
institution Emerald Award for its two-storey, community-friendly
North Division Place Station. The building exceeds federal
guidelines in the Model National Energy Code by an impressive
43 per cent. Operating costs are estimated to drop $39,000
a year in the new building, and it should reduce carbon dioxide
production by 200,000 kilograms a year.
The city even chose a linear configuration for the police
building to complement the residential character of its neighbourhood.
Permit holder Alberta Research Council is named in both Emerald
Awards for research and innovation - one for ARC's native
plant development team and the other for the Alberta Conservation
Association's Northern Watershed Project.
The native plant development team develops and commercializes
native plants to mitigate the impacts of industrial, recreational,
agricultural and energy-related disturbances. To date the
group has successfully released nine varieties of native plants,
resulting in superior grass varieties now being commercially
The Northern Watershed Project, begun in 1999, is a four-year,
multi-stakeholder research initiative to help government and
industry understand how manmade disturbances impact forests
and fish in northwestern Alberta. ARC is collaborating with
the Alberta Conservation Association on the project, with
funding from industrial, conservation and government partners.
Permit holder Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries received the
climate change Emerald Award. Its kraft-producing mill in
Boyle uses today's best technology and environmentally advanced
processes, including elemental chlorine-free bleaching systems.
Since its first year of production in 1994, Al-pac has reduced
its absolute mill greenhouse emissions by 36 per cent - while
increasing pulp production.
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and other Emerald Award winners