Champion for the Environment Award

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to an individual and a 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 2018.
  • 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. 

2017 Champion of the Environment Recipients

One Big Table

We all understand the importance of supporting our local farmers, but the impact of "farm to table" goes well beyond finances. With the average meal deemed to have traveled 1200 kilometers from where it was grown before it lands on your plate, imagine the emissions spent in transportation and the amount that gets spoiled along the way. Things like grapes from Chile or the lamb from New Zealand also require refrigeration and processing, as do those Washington apples or lettuce from Mexico.

Giulio Piccioli knew there had to a better way, so he started One Big Table. When he first got the idea, he began hosting several successful pop-up versions before eventually opening the doors to the downtown store in 2017. He spent hundreds of hours setting up partnerships with farmers across the province so the store could be cooperatively owned, sourcing all of its products from local artisan producers with small carbon footprints.

One Big Table created a Pay-it-Forward program to help some of the city’s most vulnerable groups. They also partner with the John Howard Society to provide meaningful jobs opportunities for people with barriers to employment.

Angela Nagy

Staring up at the stars on a camping trip at the age of 18, Angela Nagy made a life altering decision: to commit her life to making a difference in the world through business, politics and music. And while her singing hasn’t cracked the airwaves yet, she has definitely made headlines in politics and business.

At the age of 23, upon discovering the BC Green Party didn’t have a candidate in this area, she volunteered. She ran again two more times then was elected to Kelowna City Council on her ‘green’ platform in 2008.

Angela’s company GreenStep Solutions works with businesses, teaching them to tackle sustainability while improving their profits. GreenStep was honoured in a recent Best for the World Overall list.

Angela volunteers on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce board and is co-founder and chair of the Okanagan Greens Society. She is also on the Solid Waste Management Public Advisory Committee, Organic Okanagan and Feast of Fields. She co-founded and chairs the Okanagan Car Share Co-op and is a volunteer speaker at Okanagan College and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. She continues to provide coordination services for Bike to Work Week as well as waste reduction programs at the Glenmore landfill.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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)