Individuals will now have the chance to be honoured for being kind to the environment, as nominations for the National Environment Agency's (NEA) annual EcoFriend Awards open on Monday.
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Full statement from NEA:
The National Environment Agency (NEA) is calling for nominations of outstanding individuals whose environmental efforts have created a positive, significant and lasting impact on Singapore's clean and green environment.
Into its eighth year, the annual EcoFriend Awards recognise the environmental contribution of individuals from five categories - private sector, public sector, educational institutions, non-government organisations and grassroots volunteers, and youth and students.
The awards also aim to encourage them to continue their good work and be a role model for others by inspiring and influencing others to play a part in protecting the environment.
Former EcoFriend Award 2008 recipient under the Educational Institutions category, Ms Lim Bin said, "The award has provided me with more opportunities to share my love for the environment and heighten awareness on environmental issues."
Ms Lim, who is a teacher at Woodgrove Secondary School, has continued to promote environmental causes actively and groomed environment champions within the school through environmental programmes that she spearheaded. She also supported nation-wide school youth programmes such as Living aRRRt Competition, Eco Run, and Clean and Green Singapore Schools Carnival.
Mr Kenneth Wong Chong Wai, who received the EcoFriend Award in 2010 under the Non-Government Organisation and Grassroots Volunteers category for his work with the National Youth Achievement Awards Gold Award Holders' Alumni, echoed Ms Lim's views, "Being an Ecofriend recipient, I have been able to meet more like-minded people and tap into many platforms to engage more youths in caring for the environment and making our community a better home for everybody to live in."
Since receiving the award, Mr Wong has continued to promote resource conservation by installing energy-saving light bulbs and water-saving devices for needy residents through his 'Spreading Love, Showing Care' project. He also represented Singapore at the ASEAN + 3 Youth Environment Forum last year in Brunei.
"Actions are demonstrations of what we believe in and I hope we can encourage one another to do more for the environment. After all, a sustained, clean environment is the best gift we can leave for our future generations," added Ms Lim.
"Caring for our environment is everyone's responsibility. Even so, some individuals go the extra mile to rally others to join them in their efforts which is highly commendable. If you know of people like Ms Lim and Mr Wong, nominate them so that we can recognise their hard work and help influence more people to cherish the environment," said Mr Tan Wee Hock, Director of 3P (People, Private and Public) Network Division at NEA.
Nominations opened on March 3and will close on April 25, 2014 and can be done online, by post or by fax. Portfolios of previous EcoFriend Awards recipients are also available at http://app2.nea.gov.sg/ecofriend.