Submitted by: GLOBE Series
Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions
Posted: Apr 04, 2006 – 12:00 AM EST
Awards were presented in five categories; Corporate Competitiveness, Technology Innovation and Application, Export Performance, Sustainable Investment & Banking, and Excellence in Urban Sustainability.
The award for Corporate Competitiveness Award for Product went to Interface Flooring Systems Inc. As the world's largest producer of modular carpet and a leading manufacturer of broadloom and commercial fabrics, Interface has become a leading example for sustainable commerce in industrial ecology. The company is noteworthy for a number of reasons, including the high visibility and sustainability vision exercised by its CEO, Ray Anderson. He is among the world leaders in the corporate sector promoting the integration of sustainability into product design, manufacturing, business operations and human resources. Interface demonstrates a dedication to reducing the company's environmental footprint of products and production. Over the last decade the company embraced a host of intelligent design and manufacturing changes that have generated environmental benefits.
In the category of Corporate Competitiveness for Efficiency and Mitigation it was Suncor Energy Inc. that took home the award. Suncor Energy Inc. is a growing, integrated energy company headquartered in Canada. The company is developing new petroleum products, notably in Canada's Athabasca oil sands. Demonstrated a long-standing commitment to triple bottom line performance, Suncor has recognized that it must balance increased demand for hydrocarbon products with growing concern about their environmental impact. Suncor's approach has been to work towards a steady decline in the environmental intensity of production - growing production to meet incremental demand while reducing incremental impacts.
The Corporate Award for Technology Innovations was awarded to Ivey International. The Vancouver based company was chosen from the list of finalists in this category for the development of their new technology (Ivey-Sol) which is capable of dissolving a variety of petroleum contaminants in water and soils. The technology is very cost effective with the majority of sites being cleaned up in 18 months in comparison to the North American average of 5 years and is now in widespread use in Canada and globally, and represents a Canadian environmental innovation for the world.
Advanced Glazings Ltd. From Sydney Nova Scotia is the recipient of this year's Industry Award for Export Performance for the development of a window glazing called Solera, which allows for the full value of natural light to penetrate a window in a diffuse, glare-free manner while also providing high insulating value. Advanced Glazings Ltd. has shipped Solera to 100 major architectural projects, and has secured major sales to take growth to the next level: 200 Target Stores to be built in the US in the next 2 years will use Solera; Toyota corporation will install Solera in 1,000 - 1,200 entry portals to be built at Toyota dealerships across North America over the next 4 years. Since 2001, Advanced Glazings has increased its export sales by over 100%.
The winner in the category of The Capital Markets Award for Sustainable Investment and Banking is Jantzi Research Inc. Based in Toronto, Jantzi Research has been a proven innovator of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) products, services and research tools since 1992. The firm works with mutual funds, pension funds, money managers, investment advisors, foundations, religious organizations and governments (ESG) to define environmental, social and governance criteria to promote a balance ESG concerns and an investment manager's ability to perform. Jantzi has pioneered a number of SRI services and products in Canada including: the Canadian Social Investment Database (tracking the ESG performance of 300 companies on the S&P and TSX Composite Indices); and the Jantzi Social Index with partners Dow Jones Indexes.
The Canadian War Museum (an affiliate museum of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation) is this year's recipient of the GLOBE award for Excellence in Urban Sustainability. The Canadian War Museum is being recognized for demonstrating a commitment to urban sustainability and building design in Canada's newest national Museum, the Canadian War Museum, completed in May 2005. The complexity, scale and impact of this project cannot be overstated. The CMCC initially had to work with the National Capital Corporation to remediate a huge site in excess of 50 hectares in an area known as Lebreton Flats, the initial town site of Canada's capital. The Museum building is very innovative in many respects: the use of a green roof (for both environmental reasons, and the 'trench' imagery of wartime); re-cycled materials in constructions (part of the old copper roofing from Parliament Hill); extensive use of 'daylight' corridors to highlight exhibits; extensive energy efficiency and building systems eco-efficiency. The building qualifies for LEED certification and will one of the first museums in the word applying for such designation in the world. Since opening, the museum has been host to over 500 million visitors who have marveled at its design and innovation in a national institution.
The 2006 GLOBE awards are sponsored by The Globe and Mail and the GLOBE Foundation of Canada. For more information www.theglobeawards.ca
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