Veteran of Chemical Valley receives Suncor Sustainability Award

Local “industrial environmentalist” and community volunteer, Archie Kerr, was the recipient of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative’s Suncor Sustainability Award for 2012 at the Lambton Inn on Tuesday, November 27th. He received the award for his significant contributions towards the economic prosperity, environmental integrity and social equity of the Sarnia Lambton community.

Kerr has lived and worked in Sarnia Lambton for more than 16 years. As the former Director of Sustainability North America at LANXESS and the former Manager of Health/Environment/Safety at Bayer, Kerr contributed significantly to developing Canada’s first Biohybrid-Chemistry cluster and to successfully commercializing biobutanol as a biofuel. Among his many contributions, “Archie championed the cause of bringing senior level executives in the area together to learn more about sustainable development and how it could be brought into industry, “ said Sandy Marshall, President and Managing Director at LANXESS.

Kerr has demonstrated a personal passion for sustainability through years of combined volunteer service for numerous local non-profit and charitable organizations. He is a founding member of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative (BSI) and a member of the Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association Technical Committee. He volunteered with the Friends of the St. Clair and the St. Clair River Bi-national Advisory Council on environmental and water issues, such as cleaning up the St. Clair River so it can be de-listed as an area of concern. He was a Director for Habitat for Humanity and spent many hours volunteering in the kitchens at the Inn of the Good Shepherd and Trinity Church.

“My passions encompass all aspects of sustainability – economic, environmental, social. My driving vision however is to leave this part of the world that we call home – and those parts of the world where my efforts may extend – a better place for my children, their children, and my community,” said Kerr.

The announcement was made Tuesday, November 27th at the Lambton Inn prior to a free public seminar on sustainability, energy and finance, co-hosted by BSI, the Sarnia Environmental Advisory Committee/City of Sarnia, Lambton College and the Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation. The award includes a certificate, a cheque for $5,000 and the opportunity to speak at a future BSI sustainability seminar.

BSI would like to recognize all of the 2012 Suncor Sustainability Award nominees for their contributions to the sustainability of our community: Larry Cornelis, The Inn of the Good Shepherd, Smith Homestead and Archie Kerr. Previous winners include One Tomato (2011), Terra Industries (2010), Shawn McKnight (2009) and Goodwill Industries – Essex, Kent, Lambton Inc. (2008). 

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