Top 50 on ‘Planet’s Greenest’ contest list

July 10, 2008

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The 50 top candidates vying to be the Greenest Person on the Planet are now listed on SFU Business associate professor Boyd Cohen’s website.

The list was narrowed from more than 600 entries from over 25 countries and was determined through a standardized point system that rated answers to a series of questions posted on the site.

The candidates include David, a 63-year-old creator of sustainable inventions from Tahlequah, Oklahoma; Shamala, an office worker from Bangalore, India who is creating sustainable office practices, and Erlene, a Vancouver grandmother who is teaching her grandchildren how to use the earth’s resources.

Website visitors can scroll through a world map and click on countries marked with stars to get a list of the top candidates from those countries. They can read candidate entries and cast votes, which won’t be tallied until the end of August.

Based on votes, winners from each country will be determined in August and the global winner will be announced on Sept. 16.

Visitors can also vote for the Greenest Person in Vancouver, a second contest prompted by a high local response.

Besides securing the title of Greenest Person on the Planet, the winner will receive a pod of beluga whales adopted in their name through the Defenders of Wildlife based in Washington, D.C.

Cohen is "thrilled" with the exposure the competition is receiving nationally and globally. "It’s inspiring to see the lengths our contestants are going through to lead by example. In these uncertain times, with peak oil and peak food prices, these top 50 contestants show how they are not only minimizing their own impact but also positively influencing others around them."

Cohen launched the site on Earth Day (April 22) to raise awareness of how people around the globe are living green.

"My hope is that this will provide a chance to take note of meaningful contributions that individuals can make—and begin to set the bar higher for what is achievable," he says.
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