Vale recognized for environmental efforts: Company receives Environmental Excellence Award from the Mining Association of Canada.

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Vale's Sudbury Biodiversity Program has been recognized for its work by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC).

The miner received an Environmental Excellence Award under the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) program during the annual convention of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) on May 7.

"We are proud to be acknowledged for Vale's biodiversity program in Sudbury," said Lisa Lanteigne, environment manager for Vale's Ontario Operations, in a May 8 news release.

"The program has been successful because of a sustained commitment to community collaboration and an innovative approach to environmental stewardship. The program exemplifies one of our core company values --Prize Our Planet."

Vale's biodiversity work in Sudbury focuses on regreening and reclamation efforts, transforming historically stressed lands and waterways back to their natural states after more than a century of mining activities. To improve biodiversity within the community, Vale undertakes a number of activities, including:

* growing more than 300,000 trees annually in its greenhouse for planting throughout the City of Greater Sudbury;

* investing $250,000 and donating 50,000 tree seedlings annually to the City of Greater Sudbury's Biodiversity Action Plan;

* promoting pollination by raising bees on its Smelter property along Highway 55 in Sudbury and planting milkweed for monarch butterflies, which are great pollinators;

* seeding hundreds of acres each year by air through an aerial...

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