SUDBURY, May 8, 2018 – Vale’s Sudbury Biodiversity Program received the national Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Environmental Excellence Award from the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) at an awards gala during the 2018 CIM Convention in Vancouver on May 7th.
“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.
“We congratulate Vale for their outstanding projects. They showcase what best practice looks like in our sector, whether it be spurring local economic development and entrepreneurship in communities where they operate or adopting innovative methods to restore mining areas back to nature,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC.
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 Manitoba Operations also received the TSM Community Engagement award in 2015 for its Thompson Economic Diversification Working Group (TEDWG) project.
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’.
Corporate Affairs Specialist
Vale, Ontario Operations
(705) 682-7165 [email protected]