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Published: 2003-02-27 00:00:00

Waikato businesses and community groups doing their best for the environment can compete for an award in a variety of categories in the 2003 Waikato Business and Environment Awards.

The Waikato Environmental Business Network is calling for entries in its awards, now in their fourth year. Last year more than 30 businesses entered.

The principle sponsor for the event is Environment Waikato. The awards, which are free to enter, are presented in four categories.

The Hamilton City Council Pohutukawa Award recognises businesses and organisations working with or for the community to achieve lasting environmental improvements. The Fulton Hogan Paua Award recognises businesses achieving waste reduction and efficient resource use.

The BP Pounamu Award recognises the integration of environmental management into everyday business practice. The Degussa Innovation Award recognises efforts to develop innovations aimed at enhancing environmental quality.

Organiser Julie Albertsen said the awards are an excellent way for businesses to receive recognition for their efforts to improve environmental performance and demonstrate their commitment to protect, preserve and enhance the environment.

“The WEBN is aware that there is plenty of good environmental practice going on in the Waikato and interest in the awards is already high.

The winners receive an award specially crafted for this years event - a tailored media package valued at $1500, a $300 social club donation and nomination for the Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Awards.

Entries close on April 18, with the Awards Ceremony on June 5, which is World Environment Day. Entry forms and advice are available from the WEBN office, or phone 0800 00 9326.