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Reconising the city's environmental guardians

North Shore City Council to recognise city ' s environmental guardians

In a first for North Shore City, the council will recognise the outstanding contributions of local people who have worked tirelessly to help improve the city ' s environment at an awards ceremony in March.

As part of the week-long Eco-fest celebrations (March 3 - 9), the council will present awards to nominees in five categories, including: achievements in waste minimisation; native revegetation and restoration; energy efficiency or transport alternatives; water quality improvement or conservation initiatives; and sustainable living.

North Shore City mayor George Wood says the award ceremony is an opportunity for the council to show its appreciation to those who work hard to protect the environment for the benefit of all.

" There are many people who are passionate and motivated to help make a difference to the environment and all deserve our thanks and recognition, " says Mr Wood.

The awards are open to individuals, community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Official nomination forms (available on-line at www.northshorecity.govt.nz) must be received by the council no later than February 14.

North Shore City Council ' s environmental education co-ordinator, Sarah Yarrow, says this year ' s Eco-fest follows the huge success of the Eco-fest ' green ' market held at Browns Bay last year.

" People are becoming more aware of what we ' re doing as well as learning about what they can do to help the environment. Eco-fest is a celebration of this growing partnership, " Ms Yarrow says.

Eco-fest runs from March 3 - 9 and will offer an array of events and activities including eco-bus tours around the city, competitions, entertainment and a ' green ' market. For more information about the environmental awards or Eco-fest, people are invited to visit www.northshorecity.govt.nz, pick up a calendar of events from their local library or area office, or contact Karina Williams by calling North Shore City Actionline on 486 8600.

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