Environmental stewardship is worth celebrating all year long, so that’s what we are doing. Every other month the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee selects an individual or organization that leads by example in the world of conservation and environmental protection.

Stay tuned to this page, as winners are announced we will share their accomplishments here.

To learn more about the awards, including how to nominate visit our Go-Green Spotlight Environmental Awards page.

IODE Errol Egremont Chapter – April 2023, Community Stewardship

For their efforts in building Sarnia’s urban tree canopy we’re recognizing Inclusive Organized Dedicated Enthusiastic (IODE) Errol Egremont Chapter with a Go-Green Spotlight for Community Stewardship.

As part of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee the group obtained a Department of Heritage Canada grant. The local chapter of the organization used the grant to team up with Climate Action Sarnia Lambton to plant 41 native trees at Coronation Park. In October 2022 volunteers from the group, along with City staff, planted all 41 trees, enhancing the communities canopy for years to come.

Trees deliver a host of environmental benefits to the community including:

  • Trapping of airborne pollutants
  • Providing shade and reducing energy consumption for home cooling
  • Absorbing and filtering stormwater, reducing flooding risks
  • Providing habitat and food for wildlife
  • Sequestering and storing carbon from the atmosphere

Beyond their positive impact on the environment trees deliver social benefits such as beautifying neighbourhoods and economic benefits such as increasing property values.

For all these benefits we’re celebrating the hard work of IODE Errol Egremont in expanding the City’s canopy.

IODE is a national women’s charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community services and citizenship projects.

Past Go-Green Environmental Award Recipients

Review past recipients recognized for the environmental leadership.


  • Business Stewardship – Small: Great Lakes Refill Co.
  • Business Stewardship – Medium to Large: GFIVE Inc.
  • Eco-warrior: Joe Hill
  • Community Stewardship: Green Drinks Sarnia
  • Sarnia’s Greenest Classroom: Ms. Lemieux’s Grade 3/4 class at High Park Public School


  • Business Stewardship – Small: Deb’s Shoe Gallery
  • Business Stewardship – Medium to Large: Western Research Park
  • Eco-warrior: Mike Kent
  • Community Stewardship: The Cluster Parishes of St. Benedict, Our Lady of Mercy and St. Joseph
  • Sarnia’s Greenest Classroom: Deborah Lumley’s Grade 5 class, Rosedale Public School
  • Youth or Youth Group: Royal Thunder Robotics


  • Business Stewardship – Small: Mary Jean O’Donnell, President, MJ Waste Solutions
  • Business Stewardship – Medium to Large: Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton Inc.
  • Eco-warrior: Ed Brost
  • Community Stewardship: St. Matthew’s School – Ms. Nicolai’s Grade 6 Class
  • Sarnia’s Greenest Classroom: Deborah Lumley’s Grade 5 class, Rosedale Public School
  • Youth or Youth Group: Team Northern, Northern Collegiate Institute & Vocational School


  • Business Stewardship – Small: Blackwater Coffee
  • Business Stewardship – Medium to Large: Enbridge Green Power
  • Eco-warrior: Brenda Lorenz
  • Community Stewardship: Return the Landscape
  • Sarnia’s Greenest Classroom: Deborah Lumley’s Grade 5 class, Rosedale Public School
  • Youth or Youth Group: High-schooler Brandon Vale took the Youth or Youth Group category for his work with Bluewater Sustainability Initiative Gen Y, and promoting rooftop gardening in Sarnia, among other initiatives