The sixth edition of the Awards Gala for a Clean Environment, organized by ECOTIC, ALUCRO, the Association for Consumer Protection and Promotion of Programs and Strategies in Romania and Hotnews, awarded its laureates on Thursday, December 11, in the presence of environmental authorities, of partners and media representatives.
The Awards Gala for a Clean Environment, now in its sixth edition, is a form of recognition and promotion of campaigns dedicated to environmental protection. Thus, the organizers award every year the best projects and examples of good practices designed to improve environmental conditions in local communities, as well as social responsibility programs.
This year's edition of the Gala took place on the online platform www.galapremiilorpentrumediu.eu, between October 01 and November 30, 2014, bringing together by the end of the registration period 61 projects aimed at protecting the environment, conserving the planet's resources and preventing their waste, developed by companies, public institutions, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations. This year, the Clean Environment Awards Gala brought together the largest number of projects entered in this competition.
"We are extremely involved for these ongoing projects, but without the involvement of civil society the results would be much more difficult to achieve. This is also the reason why the Ministry of Environment launched this year, through AFM, a financing line through which we allocated 20 million lei to NGOs that want to get involved in projects to raise awareness of environmental issues. Around us are people we have to thank because through them measures are implemented for a cleaner environment, a lower consumption of resources. Said Anne-Marie Juganaru, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
In the NGO category, the Bucharest Decathlon Solar Association was designated the winner for the efforts made within the EFdeN project.
The award for companies was given to DHL International Romania for the project "RRRR or Recycle to the 4th power within the GoGreen Program".
The award for the category of Public Institutions was given to the Olt Environmental Protection Agency, which together with the Teleorman Environmental Protection Agency and the WWF Association Danube Carpathians Romania Program carries out the project "Cross-border conservation of Phalacrocorax pygmaeus and Aythya nyroca species in Bulgaria" .
The award for educational institutions was given to the "Liviu Rebreanu" High School in Bucharest for the project "Ecocitadela-21".
"We note with satisfaction that the Clean Environment Awards Gala has become an annual event of tradition that popularizes the most interesting environmental protection and CSR projects carried out by institutions, companies and non-profit organizations. We will continue to develop in the coming years this initiative together with our partners to encourage the formation of an environmentally friendly attitude at the level of the Romanian population.. ”- said Valentin Negoita, President of ECOTIC.
The ECOTIC special prizes as well as the ALUCRO prizes were also awarded during the Gala.
SAMSUNG Romania was awarded by ECOTIC for its contribution to raising public awareness and selective collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Salubris Iasi and Retim Ecologic Service from Timisoara were also awarded by ECOTIC for outstanding performance in WEEE collection in 2014, and Greentronics for efficiency in managing WEEE collection orders.
ALUCRO awarded the prizes in the Can Design Festival contest. The Grand Prize in the Students Category was awarded for the work "Ecological Neighborhood" made by students of the Technological High School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications Constanta - Samoila Bogdan, Robu Valentin, Croitoru Corin, Birsan Iulia, Moga Andrei, Ciotoi Carol, Musetoiu Jenica, Buturuga Andreea Stoica Emilia and Braescu Aida.
The Grand Prize in the Adult Category was awarded for the work "Car" made by Diculescu Horia-Constantin, a student of the University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu".
Alucro also awarded three popularity awards for the most popular works, depending on the number of votes received on the Facebook page of the Can Design Festival contest.
The first place at the Popularity Award was given for the work "Colindatori", made by Matei Teodora, Iancu Andreea, Negoitescu Ioana and Zoicas Andra.
The second place at the Popularity Award was awarded for the work "Institutions and objectives of the city of Bucharest" by Mares Mihaela.
The third place at the Popularity Award was given for the work "Home" made by Muicu Anca Georgiana and Breaz Ioana.
The jury of the Can Design Festival competition consisted of: Adina Magsi - General Manager Alucro; Luiza Maria Jipescu - Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager IBM Romania; Adriana Calcan - General Manager ROMPREST; Cristina Enache Director of the Urban and Landscape Design Department, Faculty of Urbanism, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Nicoleta Talpes - Managing Director, Media Image Factory.
The contest was organized in partnership with IBM Romania, Romprest and the University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu", with the support of media partners Student Association of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 24 FUN, StopCO2, Bulevard Magazine, More Green, Green Architecture , Ziare.com and TV City.
"Starting with the Every Can Counts program, we wanted to transpose the collection of doses into a creativity contest, but which would determine both children and adults to have concrete initiatives to protect the environment. ” said Adina Magsi, General Manager of ALUCRO.
During the Gala, the winners of the "Recycle with ECOTIC!" Project were also awarded. The grand prize for the category of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) was awarded to Frigoglass Romania for handing over 294,5 tons of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
The grand prize for the category Waste portable batteries and accumulators (DBA) was awarded to FLEXTRONICS ROMANIA for handing over 338 Kg of such waste in this project.
Also awarded were Servus Information and Communication Technologies, Konika Minolta Business Solutions and MBL Computers in the WEEE category, and Hitachi Power Tools, Total Technologies and Vitacom Electronics in the DBA category.
This year's edition of the award ceremony of the Clean Environment Awards Gala also hosted the ECOTIC Caravan, the mobile exhibition in which 10 different types of decomposed electrical and electronic equipment are exhibited, highlighting for educational purposes the components of this waste.
Caravan ECOTIC is the awareness project meant to contribute to the change of the attitude of the little ones, as well as of the adults regarding the protection of the environment and the capitalization of the resources, especially towards the waste of electrical and electronic equipment. This project is co-financed by the LIFE instrument of the European Union.
The award ceremony was broadcast live on the website www.ecotic.ro and www.alucro.ro, as well as on the Facebook pages of the organizers.