Bruce Torrie      N E W S   R E L E A S E
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Immediate Release: March 5, 2004

Robert Bateman Wins Environmental Award Saturday

Vancouver- Every year the Skies Above Canada Foundation honours individuals, organizations and businesses whose environmental practices protect earth's atmosphere, achieving real progress towards climate change reductions. This year's Environmental Leadership Award winners will be announced at a gala evening co-hosted by the Burns Bog Conservation Society this Saturday, March 6 at 6 pm at Coast Tsawwassenn Inn. The keynote speaker and an award winner is world-acclaimed wildlife artist and visionary Robert Bateman.

"Just last week, the Pentagon identified climate change as the number one security threat to the world, even outranking global terrorism," said Skies Above Chair Bruce Torrie. "On Wednesday, Reuters reported that, 'the world's second-largest reinsurer, Swiss Re, warned that the costs of natural disasters, aggravated by global warming, threatened to spiral out of control, forcing the human race into a catastrophe of its own making.' " [see pej.org]

"While inaction by governments and industry is 'business as usual'," said Torrie, "we are pleased to honour those who are making a difference- a difference in the practices of their businesses and actions of their organizations."

This year's Environmental Leadership Award winners include:

Mount Washington Alpine Resort and its President Peter Gibson, for their wholehearted practice of ecotourism, including many initiatives to minimize environmental impacts, its six-figure donation of land to the Marmot Recovery Foundation, and its active involvement and generous grants for trail building, bridge work and camp sites at Strathcona Provincial Park. [mountwashington.ca]

SED Technologies, represented by Directors Blair Weston and Gary Sawyer, for their innovative introduction of LED lighting, its wind power services, and other energy-saving systems, that help Canadians save energy and reduce climate change impacts. SED has offices in Nelson and Sidney, BC. [http:||sedtechnologies.com]

Freybe's Gourmet Foods of Abbottsford is receiving an award for the innovative industrial design they have used for their large production facility. The facility includes, for example, a large roof-top pond, which gradually releases rainwater into a neighbouring salmon stream, rather than flooding the local environment. As well, Henning Freybe's company uses outstanding environmental practices in the production of all its food products. [freybe.com]

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Information:
Bruce Torrie, Chair
Skies Above Canada Foundation
604.685.0222

Eliza Olson, President
Burns Bog Conservation Society
604.572.0373