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Sudbury’s Environment Team Honoured with National Environmental Excellence Award

Lisa Lanteigne, Environment Manager for Vale’s Operations in Ontario / Vale Archive
Lisa Lanteigne, Environment Manager for Vale’s Operations in Ontario / Vale Archive

The Sudbury Environment Team from Canada was awarded the national Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Environmental Excellence Award from the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). Lisa Lanteigne, Environment Manager, accepted the award during an awards ceremony at the 2018 CIM Convention in Vancouver.

Mitch Medina, Manager, HR, Health, Safety and Environment said “This prestigious award is a tremendous achievement and reflective of one of our core company values, ‘Prize Our Planet’. The award was given for our biodiversity work in Sudbury, which focuses on regreening and reclamation efforts to transform lands and waterways back to their natural states.”

The project includes a number of programs, including:
  • Growing more than 300,000 trees annually in our greenhouse for planting throughout the City of Greater Sudbury.
  • Investing $250,000 and donating 50,000 tree seedlings annually to the City of Greater Sudbury’s Biodiversity Action Plan.
  • Promoting pollination by raising bees on our Smelter property along Highway 55 in Sudbury and planting milkweed for monarch butterflies, which are great pollinators.
  • Seeding hundreds of acres each year by air through an aerial seeding program that has reclaimed approximately 8,000 acres since 1990.
  • Raising and releasing more than 100,000 fish to date into local waterways through a comprehensive fish-stocking program.

Our Manitoba Operations were also recognized as a TSM Environmental Excellence Award finalist for their SLAM Dunk program, which aims to divert 100 per cent of waste from landfills. Our Sudbury operations were also acknowledged as a TSM Community Engagement Excellence Award finalist for funding and supporting the City of Greater Sudbury’s new emergency mass notification service, ‘Sudbury Alerts’.

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