Cindy's Blog: May 27, 2015 - "Calstone wins award"


On Saturday May 23 I proudly accepted Calstone’s most recent award. We won The 2015 Ontario Nature Corporate Award!
Here is the criteria that we had to meet even before the nomination process began….
ONTARIO NATURE CORPORATE AWARD Nominee: Corporation active in Ontario Criteria: Nominees must demonstrate outstanding leadership or sound action in the environmental field. The award is given to a corporation for protecting the natural environment either directly through corporate policies or through a major initiative(s), such as the creation of parks, the protection of wetlands or forested areas, or indirectly through other undertakings that have stimulated significant environmental actions.

For the nomination I concentrated on our new Rain Water Harvesting Project where Calstone turned a piece of lawn between two industrial buildings into a parkland filled with ponds, trees, plants, and places to sit and appreciate nature. We did “create a park”!!

The award was presented at the AGM of Ontario Nature at the rareECO Centre in Cambridge. This site is larger than Central Park in New York, but found in the heart of Waterloo Region. rare stewards this magnificent natural jewel striving to preserve the land for future generations by focusing on conservation, ecological restoration, research and education while also providing wonderful passive recreation opportunities to the surrounding community. Their goal is to encourage, promote and foster an understanding of the Region’s natural resources, history and environment and their value in enhancing the public’s quality of life. They also conduct research, seminars, interpretive activities, conferences and public forums about the flora, fauna, agricultural practices, hydrology and geology of the Region.

Receiving our award from Ontario Nature was a particular honour because of how dedicated this group of people are to preserving nature. Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. They are a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 150 member groups from across Ontario. Since it was established as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1931, Ontario Nature has been a champion for nature in Ontario.

Our fellow winners were inspirational! These are true environmental heroes!

Here are the deserving conservation award recipients:

Grassy Narrows First Nation received the J.R. Dymond Public Service Award for its commitment to environmental justice and sustainability in the Wabigoon-English River watershed, northeast of Lake of the Woods.

Dr. Paul Keddy of Carleton Place received the W.E. Saunders Natural History Award for his dedication to the protection of Lanark County’s natural heritage.

Jerrold and Joan Asling of Hanover received the W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award for 30 plus years of restoring the eastern bluebird population in Grey and Bruce counties.

Grant Linney of Dundas received the Richards Education Award for his proficiency in helping people understand the natural world and become enthusiastic advocates for nature.

Dennis Barry and Margaret Carney received the Steve Hounsell Greenway Award for their 30-year commitment to the protection and management of Thickson’s Woods in south Whitby.

Veteran Toronto Star journalist John Barber received the Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award for his 2014 article series on the Greenbelt. Over the course of six stories, John detailed the Greenbelt’s origins, successes and challenges, as a lead-up to the review of Ontario’s Greenbelt Plan, which is currently underway.

City of Guelph received the Lee Symmes Municipal Award for its dedication to the protection of its natural heritage, and – more specifically – its Natural Heritage Strategy and policy directions, which were approved in June of last year.

And then…
Calstone Inc., a Scarborough-based, family-owned manufacturer of steel office furniture, received the Ontario Nature Corporate Award for its commitment to sustainable business practices. The company’s remanufacturing program guarantees that Calstone-manufactured products will never see a landfill site.

Congratulations to all of our fellow winners, Calstone is proud to be included in such an illustrious group of nature protectors.
Thanks Ontario Nature!

For photos and more check out our Ponds Section.