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Green Award Nominations Asked For

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Wellington, March 4 NZPA - Nominations have been called for the 2010 Green Ribbon Awards which honour contributions to New Zealand's environment.

Environment Minister Nick Smith said nominations were open to all individuals, businesses, community organisations, media and public sector initiatives which demonstrate visible results from their commitment to the environment.

"This year marks the 20th year of these awards and they have been refreshed with a stronger focus on practical environmental initiatives that will make a positive difference to the New Zealand environment."

There are six categories covering different environmental challenges from land to sea and six categories for different contributions from individuals to large organisations," Dr Smith said.

The 12 categories are:

* Protecting biodiversity;

* Reducing carbon emissions;

* Caring for water;

* Managing waste;

* Improving air quality;

* Protecting coasts and oceans;

* Community action for the environment: young people;

* Community action for the environment: volunteers and not-for-profit organisations;

* Environment in the media;

* Small businesses making a difference;

* Environmentally responsible large organisations; and

* Public sector stepping up.

Nominations close on April 16, with winners announced on June 3.

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