PAMZ gives out annual awards for protecting air quality

By rdnewsNOW staff
June 6, 2018 - 2:42pm

Dedication to improving air quality was recognized Wednesday at the annual Blue Skies Awards in Red Deer.

Hosted by the Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ), three recipients were honoured for their innovative methods of protecting our air.

PAMZ says NOVA Chemicals' commitment to sustainability and continuous improvement in their operations includes a Furnace Refurbishment Project started in 2014.

The goal of the project is to achieve a 30-40 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxides emissions. Work on five of 11 furnaces are complete, with four more to be finished by 2021.

Developments 2 Inc. Timberlands Market Project is the second award winner. 

The retail development in Red Deer's northeast is an industry leader in environmental practices, according to PAMZ. That title has been achieved through their use of solar energy, a focus on encouraging pedestrian traffic and green operating guidelines for tenants.

The third is for a co-operative project between the counties of Mountain View, Lacombe and Red Deer with ALUS Canada.

ALUS, or Alternative Land Use Services project supports farmers and ranchers who adopt beneficial land stewardship practices on marginal agricultural lands, thus enhancing natural ecosystems.

Sylvan Lake Park access restricted Thursday for construction

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