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By: Korie Marshall

BC Hydro is offering $10,000 awards to five non-profit organizations in BC this year, and the public will get the final vote.

BC Hydro’s Community Champions program is open to non-profit organizations across BC that are committed to making a difference around sustainability, conservation and environmental leadership, says a news release from the company.

Submissions must be in the form of a two- to three-minute video, uploaded to bchydro.com/communitychampions by September 30th. BC Hydro is also encouraging participants to share their conservation initiative or show support for their favourite non-profit on social media using the hashtag #BCHCommunityChampions.

BC Hydro says it will select 15 semi-finalists and then the public will determine the five winners by voting for their favourite videos between October 15th and November 30th. BC Classrooms are also welcome to vote for a winner, and by doing so, each class will be entered in a draw to win $1,000 for a sustainability project in their school.

Last year’s Community Champions showcased a wide range of sustainability projects, says the news release, ranging from a public bus service on Gabriola Island that is lowering vehicle emissions to a camp in Kelowna that teaches children how to protect the environment by reducing waste and saving water and energy.