Terri-Jane Yuzda

Summit Winner Earns Environmental Excellence Award

List of 2003 Alberta Emerald Awards Includes
a Number of APEGGA Permit Holding Companies

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 available.

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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