Coca-Cola Canada was presented one of this year’s Nature Inspiration Awards by the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa this Thursday.

Now in its fourth year, the Nature Inspiration Awards recognizes exceptional individuals and organizations that, through their diligent efforts, encourage Canadians to take an interest in the natural world, build a bond with nature and contribute to its preservation.

Past award recipients have included Canadians – young and old – who have advocated for greater education and robust action around issues facing the environment, as well as businesses and not-for-profit groups that have promoted innovative sustainable practices and supported creative community outreach. A lifetime achievement award is also presented to remarkable individuals that have devoted their careers to the promotion and development of Canada’s natural history.

As the winner in this year’s large business category, Coca-Cola Canada was recognized for its water reclamation work and commitment to replenish all water used in its finished beverages by 2020. To achieve this important and worthwhile goal, Coca-Cola Canada has partnered with non-profit organizations on projects to restore waterways and renew wetlands from coast-to-coast. Thanks to these efforts, Coca-Cola is on-track to meet its water replenishment goal here in Canada by 2020.

“We’re truly honoured and humbled to be recognized by the Canadian Museum of Nature,” said Brianna Ames, Manager of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola Canada, after accepting the award. “Abundant and healthy freshwater is a point of pride for all Canadians as well as an essential part of any thriving community. Here at Coca-Cola we know that we are only as successful as the communities we serve which is why we take our commitment to freshwater replenishment seriously.”

Ultimately, environmental change cannot be achieved by any one individual, organization or government alone– it must be a shared objective. With that in mind Coca-Cola would like to recognize the partners they work with to address freshwater replenishment across Canada. Coca-Cola’s success to date would not be possible without the help of groups like WWF-Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada and Toronto Region and Conservation Authority, numerous community partners and our local employees who live, work and volunteer their time in the communities we serve.

Read more about the Nature Inspiration Awards as well as award winners from this year and the past online here.