Garden & Floral Expo starts Green for Life Award
By Amanda Ryder
July 10, 2009 – The inaugural Green for Life Award will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the 10th Anniversary Garden Party of Garden & Floral Expo.
The inaugural Green for Life Award will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the 10th Anniversary Garden Party of Garden & Floral Expo.
The Green for Life Award promotes, recognizes and rewards environmentally responsible retailers and growers in the horticulture and floriculture industries.
Part of Landscape Ontario’s public mission, Green for Life promotes the joys and benefits of plants and green spaces. The new award program is open to retailers, wholesalers, and growers across Canada. It is designed to raise awareness and recognize those in the grower and garden centre sectors whose actions demonstrate continuous improvement in environmental stewardship, including responsible environmental practices in the management and operations of these businesses.
Strategies for successful environmental stewardship are detailed in the Environmental Scorecard, a self-evaluation tool developed by Landscape Ontario’s Environmental Stewardship Committee. By completing the Scorecard, companies get a snapshot of their environmental scores, and a blueprint for progress. Now, they are also are automatically entered into the Green for Life Awards.
Entries are open for the Green for Life Awards. Green industry members can now take part in a short self-assessment survey to see how their environmental practices measure up.
Participants who complete their scorecards by October 1, 2009 will receive a graded report and be eligible to win one of three $500 cash prizes courtesy of Turf Revolution, a manufacturer of 100 per cent organic and natural turf and horticultural products.
“The Green for Life Awards program is a key element of the green industry to celebrate accomplishments, recognize leadership and create the foundation for future successes.” said Tammy Lawrence, president, Turf Revolution.