GLOBE Foundation names winners of 2007 GLOBE Awards celebrating leaders in environmental innovation



    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The GLOBE Foundation and The Globe and Mail are
proud to announce the winners of the 6th annual GLOBE Awards for Environmental
Excellence. The prestigious awards were presented to four of Canada's most
innovative and eco-friendly companies at the EECO 2007 Environment & Energy
Conference Closing Gala Luncheon in Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, June 20th.
The annual environmental awards are intended to recognize those Canadian
companies that have taken a proactive approach to unique environmental and
sustainability challenges, while still maintaining strategic excellence in
business practices.
    Awards were presented in four categories: Corporate Competitiveness,
Technology Innovation and Application, Sustainable Investment and Banking, and
Excellence in Urban Sustainability.
    The winner named for the Corporate Competitiveness Award was Teknion
Corp., a leading international designer, manufacturer, and marketer of office
systems and related office furniture products. A market share leader in Canada
and an expanding presence in the United States and overseas, Teknion has also
become an industry leader in sustainable development. Adapting its business
strategy to an Environmental Charter, Teknion is the first in its industry to
have both its manufacturing facilities and administrative offices receive
internationally recognized environmental certification. Adapting to changing
environment and social priorities, Teknion's business practices are shaped
around three principles: to inform through spreading knowledge within the
company, to build responsibility through environmental programs, and to
advance sustainability throughout the industry. Through these practices, the
company has achieved production savings of up to $3 million.
    Two-year-old, Vancouver-based company, Earthcycle Packaging Ltd., was
announced the winner of the Award for Technology Innovation and Application.
Using natural products to develop innovative sustainable packaging, Earthcycle
has provided a revolutionary new product to combat North America's growing
packaging crisis. Rather than sit in a landfill, Earthcycle's eco-friendly
packaging is made from a renewable resource called palm fiber, which composts
in less than 90 days and provides a healthy contribution to soil. With a
packaging line specifically developed for fresh fruit and vegetable
industries, Earthcycle Packaging Ltd. is continuing to develop additional
products to meet packaging needs.
    The Capital Markets Award for Sustainable Investment and Banking was
awarded to Mercer Investment Consulting, a leading provider of investment
services to institutional investors globally and a 2006 GLOBE Awards finalist.
The company, headquartered in Toronto, has been recognized for its integration
of environmental factors in investment and banking decisions, most notably for
its role in the development of the global Principles for Responsible
Investment, launched worldwide in 2006. An advocate of socially responsible
investing, Mercer has also preserved its independence in offering strategic
advice to capital markets firms.
    The Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority was announced the winner
of the Award for Excellence in Urban Sustainability for its Vancouver Transit
Centre. The transportation authority's newest bus operations and maintenance
centre is home to TransLink's zero-emission electric trolley bus fleet.
Incorporating regional materials with a high recycling content, Energy Star
roof membranes, storm water systems, and use of natural lighting in office and
shop areas into its design, the operations and maintenance centre is set to be
used as a reference facility for TransLink's future facility designs.
Employing more than 1,000 employees, the centre also helps provide important
economic benefits to its surrounding community.
    Other 2007 GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence finalists included
Vancity Group; AMEC; Home Depot; Remsoft Inc.; EnviroTower Inc.; Innovest
Strategic Value Advisors; Yachnin & Associates and Sustainable Investment
Group Ltd.; HOK; and Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated.
    For more information on this year's winners, visit www.theglobeawards.ca

    About EECO 2007

    EECO 2007 is a unique event designed to offer valuable insight on the
business of the environment. Held June 19-20 in Toronto, Ontario, EECO brought
together over 500 senior corporate and government leaders from across North
America. This is the fourth in a series of biennial events organized by the
GLOBE Foundation in concert with the Delphi Group. For more information on the
conference, please visit www.eeco2007.com.




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