Columbia Basin Trust receives environmental education award

The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) was recently given the 2014 Award of Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication.

The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) was recently given the 2014 Award of Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication for their support of local groups and organizations.

The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) presented the award to the group at the Environmental Education Soiree and Expo held in Creston on November 28.

The Trust has invested over $5 million into environmental education projects across the region over the last 20 years. Amongst them, Wild Voices for Kids, Education in the Wild, Know Your Watershed and Wildsafe BC are the most prominent.

“We’re really grateful for the ongoing support from Columbia Basin Trust,” said Kathy Murray, Wildsafe BC Community Coordinator. “They’ve really enabled us to deliver our program to a broad audience in the Elk Valley and South Country.”

Murray highlighted other events such as Coalminer Days in Sparwood and Wildcat Days in Elkford as other beneficiaries from the CBT’s funding.

Neil Muth, Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO added, “This achievement would not be possible without the incredibly committed and passionate educators, volunteers, community groups and organizations in the region, like CBEEN, that help us deliver on our mandate to enhance environmental well-being in the Basin. We accept this award on behalf of all of our environmental partners.”