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Jun 6, 2011


The prize in the category big businesses was awarded to Coca Cola for its overall environmental protection policy, to Overgaz for the long standing initiative Let's keep Bulgaria green and clean for us and for our children and to Bella for restoring the woods in the Rhodopi Mountains, which were destroyed by fire in 2007.
Deputy Minister Ivelina Hristova awarded prizes to the winners in the category medium-sized business. While no prize was awarded for the first place, the remaining two prizes were awarded to Fistokomers for the use of recycled and bio-degradable materials in the production of office products and Odiseya for the 3 Euro Campaign, under which every purchased tourist voucher brings EUR 3 for the campaign Let Nature remain in Bulgaria.
There was no first-place winner in the category small company. Deputy-Minister Evdokiya Maneva honoured the pupils from the Vocational School of Food Technology in Plovdiv for the production of children toys and beach bags from old clothes and used plastic packages. Alex Kaprichev and Ultimi were awarded a prize for improving the Sea Park in Varna.
Three special prizes were also awarded at the ceremony. With regard to initiatives affecting people on a large scale, Makmetal Holding was awarded a prize for conducting annual educational eco-campaigns in the media, schools and municipalities. OMV was honoured for the initiative Mind the Gap, which urges the company's employees to take part in the tackling of environmental problems. Holcim Bulgaria was awarded a prize for its efforts to restore eco-systems and biodiversity in its old, worked-out quarries and the greening and landscaping of Beli Izvor plant.
The winners were appointed by an independent jury. Chairman of the jury was the rector of the University of Forestry prof Nino Ninov and jury members included the political scientist Evgenii Dajnov, the editor in chief at GEO magazine Ivan Golev, the singer Hilda Kazasyan and the Director of Dimitar Berbatov Foundation Dimitrina Hodzheva.
The Green Bulgaria Campaign was launched last month and its first category for green business attracted over 80 participants. The campaign will run until the end of 2011 with two more categories: the most active municipality under Operational Programme Environment and the greenest city. The prizes for municipalities will be awarded at the closing conference of the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB) for mandate 2007-2011 on July 7th and July 8th, while awards for the greenest city will be given at a joint ceremony with Darik Radio in December.