Champion for the Environment Award

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2023 Champion of the Environment Award Recipient 

Farming Karma Fruit Company 

With over 30 years of experience, spanning across three generations, the Farming Karma Fruit Company has a goal to find a home for every piece of fruit they grow. From juicing fruit that isn’t quite up to store quality, using fully recyclable packaging, to turning leftover pumice into cattle feed, Farming Karma is constantly looking to improve their processes make them more eco-friendly. Always eager to do more, the family members of the farm host free tours for students, sharing their wealth of knowledge through education about farm practices, the environmental impact of our choices and responsible entrepreneurship. 


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Award Criteria

  • Awarded to an individual or business whose actions and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership or innovative environmental contributions, having a direct benefit on the city of Kelowna.
  • Selections are based on environmental contributions for the year 2023.
  • Past information and history of environmental contributions may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package. 

Check back in fall 2024 for information about the 50th annual awards nomination period.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2022 - Robert Stupka
  • 2021 - Don Dobson
  • 2020 - Columbia Bottle Depots
  • 2019 - Operation Take Two
  • 2018 - Gwen Steele
  • 2017 - Angela Nagy (Individual)
  • 2017 - One Big Table (Business)
  • 2016 - Nancy Mora Castro (Individual)
  • 2016 - Spider Agile Technology (Business)
  • 2015 - Hugh Westheuser (Individual) 
  • 2015 - Unless Market (Business)
  • 2014 - Casey Hamilton (Individual) 
  • 2014 - 1-800-GOT-JUNK (Business)
  • 2013 - Judie Steeves (Individual)
  • 2013 - House of Rose Winery (Business)
  • 2012 - Michael Ross (Individual)
  • 2012 - Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites (Business)