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The Green Ribbon Awards

Environmental leaders in New Zealand were recognized today at the 18th Green Ribbon Awards in Wellington. The 2008 winners of the Green Ribbon Awards reflect the many different areas in which New Zealanders contribute to reducing the impacts of climate change and assisting the country in becoming a sustainable nation.

The Green Ribbon Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals, organizations and businesses to sustaining, protecting and enhancing New Zealand's environment.

This year's 18th Green Ribbon Awards is being promoted in conjunction with New Zealand's hosting of World Environment Day on 5 June. The Awards, which are usually held on World Environment Day, this year took place on Tuesday 3 June in the Wellington Town Hall to mark the beginning of World Environment Day celebrations throughout the country.

As World Environment Day focuses on Climate Change, the award categories have been updated to reflect the many different areas in which Kiwis contribute to reducing the impacts of Climate Change. The categories have also been extended from six to nine in recognition of the huge number and high calibre of dedicated environmental champions who deserve to be honoured for their efforts.

The categories are as follows:

Urban Sustainability

Sustainable Land Use

Making a Difference to Household Sustainability

Community Action for the Environment ? Young People

Community Action for the Environment ? Volunteers and Not-for-Profit Organizations

Businesses Making a Difference

Environment in the Spotlight

Innovative Solutions for the Environment

Lifetime Commitment to the Environment.

For More Information Please Contact

Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson/Head of Media, UNEP on Tel: +254 20 7623084, Mobile: +254 733 632755 or +41 795965737, E-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org

Or Anne-France White, Associate Information Officer, at tel: +254 20 762 3088, Mobile: + 254 728600494, or e-mail: anne-france.white@unep.org.

Or Nadine Koszler, Ministry for the Environment, at tel: +64 (04) 439 7559, or e-mail: green.ribbon@mfe.govt.nz.

Rt Hon Helen Clark, Prime Minister, New Zealand at the Green Ribbon Awards ceremony at the Wellington Town Hall



Further Resources

World Environment Day 2008 Website

Green Ribbon Awards Photogallery

Green Ribbon Website

Past Green Ribbon Award Winners

Ministry for the Environment of New Zealand

Climate Neutral Network (CN Net)

Climate Action for a Low Carbon Economy


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