From Cape St. George, to Richmond to Whitehorse: learn from FCM’s 2015 Sustainable Communities Award winners! (10/12/2014)
Ottawa, ON — Today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) published 10 online case studies, profiling each of its 2015 Sustainable Communities Awards winners. The case studies are developed to recognize these exemplary initiatives and the local leadership that is driving sustainable change in our communities. They are also learning tools for cities and towns across Canada that can use the knowledge and know-how to turn vision into reality — one project at a time. Each year, FCM's Sustainable Communities Awards program recognizes innovation and excellence in municipal sustainable development in six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water.
"The leadership and creativity demonstrated by this year's winners are shining examples of the many different paths to sustainability — small, rural communities are saving money and gaining social benefits, mid-sized communities are preserving infrastructure and finding new solutions to the challenges we all face, and large cities are meeting economic and environmental goals. We hope they will inspire your community to take the next step in building a more sustainable future," explained Brad Woodside, FCM president and mayor of Fredericton, NB.
In addition to community and project descriptions, the case studies document the many tangible environmental, economic and social benefits of these initiatives. They also capture some of the challenges overcome and lessons learned along the way; as well as details on project partners and collaborators, resources, photos, local contact information and more.
This vital know-how comes from communities with populations ranging from 948 to more than 880,000, and from coast to coast to coast. Since 2000, FCM has provided national recognition for its Sustainable Communities Awards winners through a range of resources and activities.
A series of webinars with current and past award winners is planned for January and February 2015, and this year's winning projects will be formally recognized at a special ceremony and in workshops at the 2015 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference, taking place February 10-12, in London, ON.
The awards are sponsored by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.
2015 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards case studies:
City of Langley, BC, Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy
City of Kingston, ON, Groundwater Remediation Project — Emma Martin Park
City of Surrey, BC, Community Climate Action Strategy
Halifax Regional Municipality, NS, Solar City
Neighbourhood Development (Plan)
Borough of Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, "Bois-Franc TOD" Plan
City of Ottawa, ON, Laurier Avenue Segregated Bike Lane Project
City of Whitehorse, YK, Solid Waste Action Plan Implementation
Town of Cape St. George, NL, Small Town Waste Reduction and Recycling
Town of Okotoks, AB, Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Programs
Neighbourhood Development Plan
City of Richmond, BC, City Centre Area Plan
For additional background information, please see the award category descriptions and eligibility criteria.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.