By CONRAD ONYANGO A Nanyuki resident has been awarded Sh 1million for turning a dumpsite into an income generating business. The resident managed to reclaim the main dumping site in the town turning it to a vegetable garden. George Kanyi Kuria becomes the first winner of the Prestigious Green award 2012 by the National Environmental Trust Fund (NETFUND), the first in Kenya. Kuria scooped the title after reclaiming a total 100 acres of land in a waste management project he started five years ago. The project has seen the land converted to a vegetable garden that has helped transform lives of close to 80 street children. Kuria has also planted close 8,000 trees in the garden. Kuria’s entry impressed judges after passing along three broad themes that entailed environmental protection, natural resource management and innovation in energy resources. In addition to the Sh 1 million shillings, Kuria also went home with a trophy and a certificate. The trust recognises individuals, organisations and groups who innovatively and sustainably protect and sustain environment. “our mandate is to ensure that sufficient resources are available to maintain a clean healthy environment,” said Catherine Ndegwa, NETFUND CEO. Catherine said without community input, the organisation’s efforts will come to naught. “Through the award, we provide incentives to recognize ideas, innovation, groundbreaking research, and extraordinary grass root initiatives in Kenya” she added. Launched in November last year, the competition has attracted thousands entries out of which 1500 vied for the top prize of Sh. 2 million. First, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category walked away with Sh. 1 million, Sh. 0.5 Million and Sh. 100,000 respectively. Other Winners at county level were awarded with certificates.