2019 Mobius Award Winners

Divert NS hosted the 21st annual Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence on October 30, 2019 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The event keynote speaker, Andrew Isaac Thornton, an entrepreneur and owner of Thornton’s Budgens supermarket in the U.K. The following seven winners took home the 2019 Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence.


EMERGING ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER 2019: DYLAN YATES

Sponsored by EPRA Nova Scotia

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The Mobius Award for Emerging Environmental Leader looks toward the future—the next generation. With it, we’re celebrating and recognizing a dedicated environmental champion under the age of 30 who goes above and beyond to encourage recycling and waste diversion among their peers: at school, work, in their community, or with other Nova Scotians.

This year, we recognize Dylan Yates as our Emerging Environmental Leader. Dylan is a champion of environmental preservation. He is a lead-by-example individual, tirelessly volunteering to remove litter and marine debris from Cape Breton waterways, and collecting accurate data while doing it. This video tells Dylan’s story:

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4stAtYgr9g


Small Business of the Year: BernArt … be aMAZEd! Art Maze

Sponsored by Efficiency Nova Scotia

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The 2019 Small Business Mobius Award goes to a private sector business or organization that goes above and beyond to implement recycling and waste diversion practices on a daily basis.

Our winners this year exemplify the concept that one person’s waste is in fact another person’s treasure. Bernd and Nicole Krebes, owners and operators of BernArt … be aMAZEd! Art Maze, have worked endlessly over the past two years creating waste items into art. Their outdoor gallery in Blockhouse, Nova Scotia is a true testament to their commitment of reusing and recycling materials.

This video shows how Bernd and Nicole are diverting waste and turning art into a business that countless visitors now enjoy!

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VVnVJiEvG0&t=20s


Large Business of the Year: Michelin, Pictou County

Sponsored by the Atlantic Used Oil Management Association

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The Large Business of the Year award is presented to a large private sector business or organization that goes above and beyond to implement recycling and waste diversion practices on a daily basis. This year’s business has longstanding roots in Nova Scotia and still boasts one of the most iconic brand mascots: Michelin, Pictou County!

For nearly fifty years, Michelin, Pictou County has been a leader in tire manufacturing and has built a reputation for producing premium quality tires, incorporating a proactive approach to waste management. Michelin’s waste reduction efforts extend beyond the production line. With over 700 dedicated employees, the plant has, and continues to see, a culture shift in employees who take waste reduction to heart.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP4-Ac4yHmw


Community Project of the Year 2019: Wolfville Farmers' Market

Sponsored by Miller Waste Systems

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The Community Project of the Year award is presented to a not-for-profit organization or community group that has developed or implemented an effective project or event that engages their community in recycling and waste diversion activities.

This year’s Community Project of the Year started as a parking lot market, and has now become a healthy, vibrant, community marketplace. The Wolfville Farmer’s Market currently houses over 65 farmers, chefs and artisans in their year-round, 9,000 square foot market. When their waste became a problem, they decided to tackle it head on.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2YxIMI9QlA&t=3s


Institution of the Year 2019: Sisters of St. Martha

Sponsored by Novapet Inc.

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The Institution of the Year award is presented to a public or private sector institution that goes above and beyond to implement waste diversion strategies on a daily basis. It’s our pleasure to present this year’s Institution of the Year: The Sisters of St. Martha.

The Sisters are past Mobius Award recipients, and continue to exemplify their passion as stewards for the environment. In Antigonish they purposefully deconstructed the Bethany Motherhouse, and returned the building site to greenspace.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ_lgYm8Vq4&t=26s


Innovator of the Year 2019: Beyond Food

Sponsored by Halifax C&D Recycling, Municipal Group of Companies

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The Innovator of the Year award is presented to an individual or organization that has developed and/or implemented a product or service from material that would otherwise go to landfill, or has developed a more efficient approach for an existing recycling or waste diversion process.

This year’s winner, Beyond Food Inc., has developed a revolutionary solution to solve the problem of waste produce going to landfill for grocers and farms. The video shows how Beyond Food Inc. is transforming the food waste problem, right here in Nova Scotia.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yuGO1tJYF0


Environmental Hall of Fame 2019: Lise LeBlanc

Sponsored by Walmart Canada

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The Mobius Award for Hall of Fame is given to a person who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to our environment, and leadership in diverting waste from our landfills.

This year, we recognize Lise LeBlanc. Lise has been an undoubtedly catalyst for change in the agricultural community. She is passionate about diversion and recycling; how it can benefit the agricultural industry, while also moving them to produce less waste.

This video shows how Lise is making a difference for her industry, her community, and the environment.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRU7QEFbfgI