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The Tree Canada Public Education Award


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Guidelines for the Tree Canada Public Education Award Application

Applications are now closed for 2018.

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, the media or organizations.

Eligibility:

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; and artistic contributions and other accomplishments that raise awareness and/or encourage best practices in the field of urban forestry. All activities must have been completed by December 31 of the year previous to the award year.  Self-nominations are accepted.

Media

Open to: journalists, columnists, freelance writers, editors or producers. Entrants can be working in any journalistic field including print, broadcast or new media whose work has raised awareness of urban forests and/or encourage best practices in the field. Entries must have been published or broadcast by December 31 of the year previous to the award year. Self-nominations are accepted.

Organizations, Industry and Institutions

Open to: 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. All activities must have been completed by December 31 of the year previous to the award year. Self-nominations are accepted.

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:

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

Tree Canada is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged entries.

Eligibility and Conditions that apply to all 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.

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

Natural green space: Spaces that can be identified as a natural or somewhat naturally occurring eco-system including: urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones; and meadows.

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: Peri-urban areas (also called rurban space, outskirts or the hinterland) are defined by the structure resulting from the process of peri-urbanisation. It can be 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:

Dr. Adrina C. Bardekjian, Manager Urban Forestry Programs & Research Development, Tree Canada
abardekjian(at)treecanada.ca
Please use CUFAWARDS2018 in the subject line.

If the nominee or nominator has not heard by the July 1st, 2018, they should consider that the application has been unsuccessful and they are welcome to re-apply in 2020.

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.

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Tree Canada Public Education Award

Questions may be directed to:
Dr. Adrina C. Bardekjian, Manager Urban Forestry Programs & Research Development, Tree Canada
abardekjian(at)treecanada.ca
Please use CUFAWARDS2018 in the subject line

Applications are now closed for 2018.

Thank you to all of our applicants.

Successful recipients will be announced in
June 2018.