Recognizing local leadership in green infrastructure (20/01/2016)
FCM announces 2016 Sustainable Communities Award recipients
Ottawa, ON - The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is announcing the recipients of the 2016 Sustainable Communities Awards, showcasing the very best in local environmental practices. Canada's municipalities are recognized as consistent drivers of innovation, delivering local actions that lead to national results. Primary among them is reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Municipalities were recognized for delivering innovative solutions in the following six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water. The outcomes of municipal sustainability initiatives include more integrated community planning, and economic, social and environmental benefits.
This year, award-winning projects include a ground-breaking financing approach for energy-efficient retrofits for private and residential buildings; a seamless active transportation corridor; a plan to boost local clean technology and sustainable energy sectors; a facility to turn organic waste into gas and generate revenue; and an odour-free facility to turn wastewater into high-quality reclaimed water and class-A compost.
"The 2016 recipients illustrate how municipalities can provide leadership on environmental protection and climate change in their respective communities," said Raymond Louie, President of FCM. "The benefits of such innovative approaches accrue to neighboring communities and contribute to making Canada more sustainable."
On February 10, the award recipients will be formally recognized at a special ceremony. On this occasion, videos as well as case studies of the winning projects will be made available to ensure all communities can learn and be inspired to adopt similar practices. The ceremony will take place at FCM's Sustainable Communities Conference, in Ottawa, February 9-11, 2016.
"We are proud to recognize this year's exemplary projects and encourage all municipalities to learn from these shining examples," said FCM's Green Municipal Fund Chair and Edmonton Councillor, Ben Henderson. "The range of projects being acknowledged from both large and small municipalities reflects the breadth of experience and commitment of municipal leaders to work together to drive change."
The 2016 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards winners are:
- City of Edmonton, AB
- Brownfields Redevelopment Grant program*
- Region of Waterloo, ON
- Breithaupt Block redevelopment project
- Region of Waterloo, ON
- Climate Action Plan: Living Smarter in 2020*
- City of Toronto, ON
- Home Energy Loan Program and High-rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program
Neighbourhood Development (Plan)
- Municipality of Austin, QC
- Action plan for sustainable development in a rural territory 2015-2017*
Neighbourhood Development (Project)
- Village of Marwayne, AB
- Centre Street Revitalization: From the Bottom Up! project
- City of Vancouver, BC
- Seaside Greenway Completion, South End Burrard Bridge and York Bikeway project
- City of Saint-Hyacinthe, QC
- Biomethanation project
- District of Sechelt, BC
- Sechelt Water Resource Centre project*
* Indicates initiatives supported through FCM's Green Municipal Fund
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.