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2011 Winners

Since 2000, best practices in sustainable community development have been celebrated each year with the FCM Sustainable Community Awards. The Awards are open to all municipal governments and their private-sector partners.

FCM's Green Municipal Fund is the primary sponsor of the Awards. Awards are presented in nine categories: brownfields, buildings, energy, integrated neighbourhood development, planning, residential development, transportation, waste, and water.

The Awards were announced at a reception and awards ceremony during FCM's Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show (SCC) in Victoria, B.C. This year marks the first time that the Awards have been presented at the SCC.

2011 Winners

  • 2011 Brownfields

    2011 Brownfields

    About eight years ago, when the Town of the Blue Mountains found itself with too little space to meet its administrative needs, Council examined its options and made a bold choice: to build a new town hall on a brownfield site.
  • 2011 Buildings

    2011 Buildings

    The 79-year-old Calgary Public Building required extensive renovation to continue as a home for the performing arts and a healthy workplace for City of Calgary staff.
  • 2011 Energy – Co-winner 1

    2011 Energy – Co-winner 1

    In 2008, the City of Medicine Hat developed a community environmental roadmap that set two targets: to reduce residential energy consumption by 20 per cent by 2020 and to obtain 25 per cent of residential energy from renewable sources by 2025.
  • 2011 Energy – Co-winner 2

    2011 Energy – Co-winner 2

    In 2005, the City of Montréal committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 20 per cent by 2012 (compared to 2002 levels), and in 2007, adopted a corporate action plan entitled Climate Protection.
  • 2011 Integrated Neighbourhood Development

    2011 Integrated Neighbourhood Development

    The initial architectural plans for Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 1963 conceived of a dense residential community surrounding the new university.
  • 2011 Planning – Co-winner 1

    2011 Planning – Co-winner 1

    Starting in 2005, 18,000 citizens of Calgary worked together to envision their future well into the next century. The process that established the city's long-term vision was called imagineCALGARY.
  • 2011 Planning – Co-winner 2

    2011 Planning – Co-winner 2

    Yellowknife's northern geography, coupled with complex historical, political and resource-related issues, presents unique challenges for community development.
  • 2011 Residential Development

    2011 Residential Development

    The City of Victoria has a long history of permitting secondary suites in older and larger homes.
  • 2011 Transportation

    2011 Transportation

    The City of Toronto has adopted a strategy to become a city where people choose to walk more and drive less.
  • 2011 Waste

    2011 Waste

    The Regional District of Nanaimo owns and operates the Regional Landfill and the Church Road Transfer Station, and provides residential garbage collection and recycling service to more than 25,000 households in the region.
  • 2011 Water – Co-winner 1

    2011 Water – Co-winner 1

    The Town of Olds' wastewater treatment plant was almost 30 years old and serving a population of 7,500 when trouble began - the facility was at capacity and posed an environmental hazard to receiving waters.
  • 2011 Water – Co-winner 2

    2011 Water – Co-winner 2

    Residents of the small seaside community of Victoria, P.E.I., had always relied on private holding tanks and septic systems to handle sewage but, by the 21st century, failing septic systems were discharging effluent not only into the soil, but also into the groundwater and into Victoria Harbour.
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