"We are proud to be acknowledged for Vale's biodiversity program in Sudbury," said Lisa Lanteigne, Environment Manager for Vale's Ontario Operations. "The program has been successful because of a sustained commitment to community collaboration and an innovative approach to environmental stewardship. The program exemplifies one of our core company values – Prize Our Planet."
Vale's biodiversity work in Sudbury focuses on regreening and reclamation efforts; transforming historically stressed lands and waterways back to their natural states after more than a century of mining activities. To improve biodiversity within the community, Vale undertakes a number of activities, including:
- Growing more than 300,000 trees annually in its greenhouse for planting throughout the City of Greater Sudbury.
- Investing $250,000 and donating 50,000 tree seedlings annually to the City of Greater Sudbury's Biodiversity Action Plan.
- Promoting pollination by raising bees on its Smelter property along Highway 55 in Sudbury and planting milkweed for monarch butterflies, which are great pollinators.
- Seeding hundreds of acres each year by air through an aerial seeding program that has reclaimed approximately 8,000 acres since 1990.
- Raising and releasing more than 100,000 fish to date into local waterways through a comprehensive fish-stocking program.
The 2018 award follows on Vale's Voisey's Bay operation in Newfoundland and Labrador winning a TSM Excellence Award for Community Engagement in 2017 for its innovative Winter Shipping Program that involved extensive collaboration with Inuit and Innu communities.
Vale's Manitoba Operations in Thompson was a finalist for this year's TSM Environmental Excellence Award for its effective SLAM Dunk program, which aims to divert 100 per cent of waste from landfills by adhering to the 3R's: reduce, reuse and recycle.
Vale's Ontario Operations was also acknowledged as a finalist for the TSM Community Engagement Excellence Award this year for funding and supporting the City of Greater Sudbury's new emergency mass notification service, 'Sudbury Alerts'.
Source: Vale Canada Limited