The Tree Canada Public Education Award

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Guidelines for the Tree Canada Public Education Award Application

Applications for 2020 awards are now open. Deadline to submit applications has been extended to May 30 2020.

Applications are now open for the Tree Canada Public Education Award. The award is made biennially at the Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC).

The Tree Canada Public Education Award recognizes excellence in furthering the understanding of urban forestry issues and/or encouraging best practices in the urban forestry sector. This award is open to individuals or organizations.

Eligibility: There are two categories for application to this award.

Category 1: Individuals

Open to: individuals who have done significant work in promoting awareness in and about the field of urban forestry to a wide audience. Examples of contributions may include: research and operational activities that significantly raised public awareness; educational activities; community services and workshops, journalists, columnists, freelance writers, editors or producers and artistic contributions and other accomplishments that raise awareness and/or encourage best practices in the field of urban forestry.

Category 2: Organizations

Open to: municipalities, Aboriginal communities, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, industry, and other similar institutions whose original contributions, accomplishments, programs, projects and activities that raise awareness of urban forests and/or encourage best practices. 

Review Committee:

A Review Committee consisting of selected representatives from Tree Canada,  the Canadian Urban Forest Network Steering Committee, ISA Canadian Chapters and the Society of Municipal Arborists, will evaluate entries and select winners based on the following criteria, relevant to their category:

Eligibility and Conditions that apply to both categories:

  • Eligible contributions are those that have occurred in or have impacted Canada locally, regionally, provincially or  nationally. 
  • Applications can be made on this online form only.
  • Applications can be made either by the (i) named applicant themselves or (ii) submitted on behalf of a named applicant by a nominator (such as a person in a senior position within his/her organization, Professor or person of recognised standing).
  • For the purpose of this award urban forestry is considered as including trees, woodlands, forests, natural green space* and green infrastructure* in an urban or peri-urban* setting.
  • All applications are treated as confidential by the Review Committee.
  • Applications will be accepted in English or French.

Evalutation will be based on candidates that:

  • Raises awareness of urban forestry issues among the general public or a targeted audience
  • Encourages the adoption of best practices in urban forestry
  • Creativity/originality
  • Technical quality
  • Success in fostering partnerships

*Working definitions of terms for the purposes of these awards:

Natural green space: Defined as a network of public and private assets with or without public access, in urban and rural locations, for example, urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones in the absence of built infrastructure (buildings, playgrounds, soccer fields etc.)

Green infrastructure: Green infrastructure is defined as the natural vegetative systems that collectively provide society with a multitude of economic, environmental and social benefits. This includes: urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones; meadows and agricultural lands; urban agriculture; parks, gardens, turf, and landscaped area.

Peri-urban: areas (also called suburban areas) are described as the landscape interface between town and country, or also as the rural—urban transition zone where urban and rural uses mix and often clash.

Questions may be directed to:

Tree Canada
Please use CUFA AWARDS in the subject line.

If the nominee or nominator has not heard by the July 1st, 2020, they should consider that the application has been unsuccessful and they are welcome to re-apply in 2022.

Applicants and nominators are reminded that the decision of the Review Committee is final and cannot be challenged and correspondence will not be entered into.