The Municipality of Chatham-Kent and a local recycling company are asking residents to “go green” as part of a new community awards program.

In partnership with Can-Am Recycling of Tilbury, the municipality is launching the Go Green Awards to recognize and promote environmental stewardship in Chatham-Kent.

“We believe the Go Green Awards will serve as a source of inspiration for all of us to do our part in preserving the natural beauty of our community,” said Mayor Darrin Canniff in a news release.

The awards program will allow residents to nominate companies, classrooms, and individuals for their environmental efforts in waste reduction, energy conservation, sustainable transportation, and environmental education. Nominees can also be recognized for protecting and restoring natural areas and wildlife habitats in the community.

“The Go Green Awards are a powerful way to highlight the positive impact that can be achieved when individuals and organizations work together to build a more sustainable future,” said Can-Am President and CEO Lawrence Pazner.

Those nominated will be evaluated by environmental stakeholders such as local conservation authorities, CK to the Power of Young People Advisory Group, and the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce.

The winners will receive a plaque and recognition for their efforts at an award ceremony that is planned for later this year.

The municipality said nominations for the Go Green Awards are expected to open soon to all residents of Chatham-Kent. Further information on how to submit a nomination will be provided in the coming weeks.

“We’re excited to be part of this important initiative and look forward to seeing the inspiring stories of environmental champions in Chatham-Kent and beyond,” said Pazner.