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.
Head of Technical Services, City of Montreal, QC
Jean Bouvrette is head of the Ville de Montréal's technical services section. He has been a champion of the environment throughout his 20-year career with the Ville, notably by way of his involvement with the Biodôme, the Planetarium, the Insectarium and the Montréal Botanical Garden.
Beginning in 1995, he spearheaded several operational and building modifications to reduce energy and water consumption and GHG emissions, followed by a major, multi-year energy efficiency project to reduce the ecological footprint of the four institutions. Ensuring that decisions about retrofits were based on environmental, financial and operational considerations, his leadership has accounted for a 50% reduction in energy consumption and a 50% reduction in GHG emissions since 1995, with significant cost savings to the municipality.
The City of Montreal, PQ
The Ville de Montréal has enjoyed considerable renown through its leadership and commitment to sustainable development. Its many impressive accomplishments may serve as models for other Canadian communities.
Montreal joined FCM and ICLEI's Partners for Climate Protection program in 1998 and has earned 3 of the 5 corporate milestones.
Of special note is Montreal's effective approach to collaborating with a wide cross-section of community partner organizations that help achieve the goals and targets set out in its plan. Montreal celebrates these community successes and communicates them, and these efforts keep the momentum alive to bring further positive change towards sustainability.