FCM Green Champions Awards
The FCM Green Champions Awards are presented annually to an individual and a municipality that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to implementing sustainable development initiatives within their organization and their communities. The individual has displayed dedication, supported innovation and provided valuable guidance within municipal government over many years. The FCM Green Champions Awards were developed to promote and reward municipal champions, inspire municipal governments, and showcase and encourage the exchange of best practices among Canadian communities.
Candidates for the Green Champions Awards come from the same year's roster of winners and honourable mentions in the FCM Sustainable Communities Awards (SCA) competition. They are chosen by the FCM Board members on the SCA judging panel.
Green Champion Award – Individual
Director of Development Services and Economic Development, City of Langley, BC
During his 21 years of service, Gerald Minchuk has demonstrated leadership and commitment to sustainable development by spearheading several innovative plans, projects and programs. His efforts support his belief that sustainability is about nurturing a strong and healthy community through a vibrant economy, a well-protected environment, and healthy citizens. The economy, the environment and public health are interconnected - a principle that guides all his decision making.
Green Champion Award – Municipal
Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) has an impressive track record of leadership in sustainable development. Its 2015 Sustainable Communities Award-winning Solar City program is now moving into its second phase and has become a model for property assessed renewable energy (PACE) generation across Canada. Since joining FCM and ICLEI's Partners for Climate Protection Program in 1997, Halifax has achieved all five program milestones for municipal energy management. It has also successfully delivered 12 innovative sustainability plans, studies and projects supported by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.