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FCM Green Champions Awards

The FCM Green Champion Awards, which include both an individual and a municipal category, were developed to promote and reward municipal champions; inspire municipal governments; and showcase and encourage the exchange of best practices among Canadian communities. This year´s municipal winners have demonstrated outstanding leadership and a commitment to implementing sustainable development initiatives within their organization and their communities. The individual winners have displayed dedication, supported innovation and provided valuable guidance within their municipal government over many years.

Green Champion Award – Individual

Bill Lautenbach

General Manager of Growth and Development, City of Greater Sudbury, ON

Bill Lautenbach is widely regarded in his community as a long-time champion of sustainable development. For 35 years, he has worked in a variety of planning roles for the City of Greater Sudbury (and the Regional Municipality of Sudbury before 2001), most recently as general manager of growth and development. He was instrumental in developing and launching an extensive re-greening program in Sudbury that has garnered many awards, including the United Nations Local Government Honours Award at the Earth Summit in 1992. He also led the development of a number of community improvement plans (CIPs), including the development of a CIP for the 18-kilometre Junction Creek Waterway Park and Sudbury's Brownfield CIP, which earned the city a 2013 FCM Sustainable Communities Award in the brownfields category.

Green Champion Award – Municipal

City of Yellowknife, NT

The City of Yellowknife is an inspiration. The city has accomplished a great deal in the past several years toward its sustainability goals, translating knowledge gained from a variety of learning opportunities into concrete action. We are proud to have provided some of those opportunities through the Green Municipal Fund.


With plans and projects in energy, waste, water, and sustainable community planning, Yellowknife has shown what a strong community vision and leadership can do - and with projects that would seem impossible in a location with such a harsh climate. The city joined FCM and ICLEI's Partners for Climate Protection program in 1998 and has earned all five corporate and community milestones. In 2011, the city won an FCM Sustainable Communities Award for its Smart Growth Development Plan. And in 2013, the city won another Sustainable Communities Award for its centralized composting pilot project. What does the future hold for Yellowknife? A bigger composting facility, a larger organics collection program, a new residential curbside organics collection program and much more. 

Page Updated: 15/07/2013