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Published: 2001-11-02 00:00:00

Waikato businesses doing their best for the environment can compete for prizes in a variety of categories in the 2002 Waikato Business and Environment Awards.

The Waikato Environmental Business Network is calling for entries in its awards, which have been run in partnership with Environment Waikato for the past three years. In 2001 more than 30 businesses entered.

Organisers Julie Albertsen and Fiona Caldwell said the awards were an excellent way for businesses to receive recognition for their efforts to improve environmental performance and demonstrate their commitment to protect, preserve and improve the environment. The awards covered the “triple bottom line” achievement of profit, people and environment.

“The WEBN is aware that there is plenty of good environmental practice going on in the Waikato and interest in the awards is already high. We have been fortunate in keeping the same sponsors as 2001, which shows a real commitment on their part to help communities help their environment.”

The awards, which are free to enter, are presented in four categories. The Hamilton City Council Pohutukawa Award recognises businesses and organisations working with the community to achieve lasting environmental improvements. The Waikato This Week Paua Award recognises businesses achieving waste reduction and efficient resource use. The BP Pounamu Award recognises the integration of environmental management into everyday business practice. The Degussa Innovation Award recognises efforts to develop innovations aimed at enhancing environmental quality.

The winners receive a trophy, tailored media package valued at $1500, $300 social club donation and nomination for the Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Awards.

Entries close on February 8, and entry forms and advice are available from the WEBN office, 0800 00 9326. There will also be a free workshop at Hamilton City Council’s conference room on November 13 from 9am until noon, to help businesses prepare their entries.