Sustainable Food Edmonton is excited to announce the inaugural Golden Wheelbarrow Awards. Until the first week of September, you have the opportunity to vote on who you think should win these fabulous awards. Check out below, for our finalists in each category.
Voting ends Friday, September 7, 2018.
Favourite Environmentally Conscious Small Business
Earth’s General Store
Opened in 1991 as an environmental store, food products were not added until 2010. Earth’s can help you on your journey toward a zero-waste lifestyle.
Manasc Isaac Architectural Firm
An architectural firm with an office in Edmonton, Manasc Isaac has achieved many firsts, including Alberta’s first C-2000 green building and Edmonton’s first LEED Silver building. The Edmonton office has a rooftop garden, a bee hive, a 9.6kW solar panel system covering 10% of their electric usage, and is piloting a paper-free project with their clients.
The Organic Box
Owned and operated by farming families, The Organic Box has a network of farm families across Western Canada and delivers their products right to your door.
Favourite “Locavore” Restaurant
Also in the 124 St Shops district, Café Linnea supports local farmers by sources local ingredients in their rotating menu.
Housed at the Muttart Conservatory, Culina Café is open for weekday lunches, weekend brunches, and Wed/Thurs dinners with fresh made foods. Culina regularly hosts pop ups featuring local producers. The café is always stocked with confections made by local vendors and shops.
A Canadian cuisine restaurant in the 124 St Shops district, RGE RD sources from Western Canadian farms and small-scale producers, using seasonality to dictate menus.
FAVOURITE PUBLIC GREEN SPACE
Blackmud Creek Ravine
With over 7 km of walking trails, there is a stormwater management system to reduce erosion along the creek. Parts of the creek were previously home to a campground and golf course, that the City has reclaimed as parkland.
Larch Park Sanctuary (Whitemud Nature Reserve)
With 59 acres just South of 23 Ave, Larch Sanctuary retains large biodiversity. It is a major tributary of the North Saskatchewan River, and an important wildlife corridor as species move around and through Edmonton. Larch Sanctuary has a Conversation Easement, for added protection to the land.
River Valley @ Saskatchewan Drive
The North Saskatchewan is a river that originates in the Columbia Icefield 1800 m above sea level. In the Edmonton region, it is home to our River Valley, with year-round recreational activities. It boasts 18,000 acre of green space, a new funicular, and bench seating to enjoy the city skyscape.
SUSTAINABILITY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR (ADULT)
Mark works as the City of Edmonton’s Compost Programs Coordinator, making him responsible for overseeing the city’s various efforts in promoting composting as an easy and valuable endeavour, and educating people how to do it properly. This post includes operating a compost ‘hotline’ – which is forwarded directly to Mark’s cellphone. It receives about 20 calls per month from Edmonton residents who call in with all their pressing compost questions. Having spoken at numerous events (like those hosted by the Edmonton Horticultural Society), Mark’s role as a compost educator has not only helped gardeners, but also contributes to reducing Edmonton’s waste, and persevering the city’s soil quality. Mark is a Master Composter who encourages and supports organics reuse (mulching) and recycling (composting and fermentation) by residents, at home, school, or in their community. Ultimately, Mark has made a life based on Edmonton’s soil, and works hard to encourage it’s sustainability. Mark grew up growing crops in the rich soils of Beverly and Ellerslie, and today has a large plot in Delton where he grows vegetables and native plants.
Melissa is a Staff Lawyer for Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity. Melissa’s work has included going to court to protect woodland caribou from oil sands development, and getting the federal government to issue an emergency protection order for the endangered sage-grouse. Outside of work, she is a Board member of the Alberta Environmental Network and the Solar Power Cooperative of Edmonton. Most recently, she has helped create two new organizations - Edmonton Climate Hub and Waste Free Edmonton (WFE). WFE is a grassroots organization working to significantly reduce the amount of waste created in Edmonton, with an initial focus on single-use disposable items. WFE launched its Last Straw Challenge -- an initiative to encourage businesses to go straw-free -- which has resulted in 86 Edmonton businesses joining, resulting in a decrease of tens of thousands straws being served every week. WFE also has a Bag Bylaw campaign asking the City to enact a law to reduce the amount of single-use plastic bags in Edmonton. Be it professionally, or with volunteering, Melissa works to improve sustainability within the City of Edmonton.
Raquel "Rocky" Feroe
Formerly a medical doctor of 30+ years, Rocky has made her professional and private pursuits all about protecting and promoting human and environmental health in the City of Edmonton. Now, retired from the medical field, Rocky serves as a Board Member with the Alberta Capital Airshed (8+ years), the Edmonton and Area Land Trust (8+ years), the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (5+ years), and SPICE – Solar Power Investment Cooperative of Edmonton (3+ years). Rocky also volunteers with the national Blue Dot Movement – engaging MPs, Ministers, etc. to gain their support for a Federal Environmental Bill of Rights. In addition, Rocky has held various positions (including president), over 18+ years, with the Riverdale Community League of Edmonton (RCLE). Her time with the RCLE includes working on their community garden and sustainability committee, being awarded an EcoCity Edmonton Grant (for a solar gazebo), and being profiled by the City of Edmonton’s ‘Renewable’ documentary series. Ultimately, Rocky has clearly demonstrated her strong passion and commitment to improving the `environment and sustainability of Edmonton, and Canada overall.
SUSTAINABILITY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR (YOUTH)
Amanda is starting her fourth year of her undergraduate degree of Environmental Studies at the University of Alberta. Amanda has interest and experience in the non-profit sector where she has been a volunteer for numerous organizations, including as a board member for Sustainable Food Edmonton, as well as being an employee for Organic Alberta and Food4Good. Policy concerning the environment and well-being of people is an important topic to her. One of Amanda’s favourite hobbies is coordinating and making a podcast called Terra Informa, which aims to educate and inform listeners about all the facets and intersections of environmental concerns and triumphs! She was fortunate to be awarded a research grant this summer which she has spent investigating the meaning of food security to some of Edmonton’s non-profit and charitable organisations. Amanda aspires to find a career in the non-profit sector, working with policy, or communications.
As an Engineering Physics student and Loran Scholar at the University of Alberta, Kabir has developed a deep leadership portfolio on energy, environmental, and sustainability challenges. He previously worked in off-grid solar development in Malawi (East Africa), a large percent of the population of which currently lacks access to energy and which has a growing appetite for sustainable development. Kabir also recently worked at the Pembina Institute, Canada's leading climate and energy think tank, where he helped develop the province's policies and understanding of community-owned renewable energy projects and their interaction with the electric grid. Currently, Kabir is working as a consultant with Paul First Nation, a community seeking to understand key opportunities for economic growth, jobs, and self-determination following the exit of the nearby coal industry as part of the federal government's "Just Transition for Coal Reliant Communities".
Payton is a third-year student at the University of Alberta, getting her bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology. She is majoring in clothing, textile science, and material culture and is minoring is in marketing. This summer she’s been working for the City of Edmonton in the Waste Services department, promoting and educating the public on how to compost. During the summer, Payton volunteers at the George Pegg Botanic gardens and the Green and Gold gardens. She recently became a part of a Fashion Revolution student committee, which has hosted a variety of events to educate people on who made their clothes in hopes of promoting transparency within the fashion industry. In the future, Payton aspires to work in sustainable fashion -- marketing plant-based products that are ethically made with minimal impact on the environment