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2015 Recipients

Green Champion Award — Individual

Gerald Minchuk

Director of Development Services and Economic Development, City of Langley, BC

During his 21 years of service, Gerald Minchuk has demonstrated leadership and commitment to sustainable development by spearheading several innovative plans, projects and programs. His efforts support his belief that sustainability is about nurturing a strong and healthy community through a vibrant economy, a well-protected environment, and healthy citizens. The economy, the environment and public health are interconnected - a principle that guides all his decision making. 

Mr. Minchuk played an integral role in the City of Langley's award-winning Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy; an initiative that has delivered $192 million in new construction and 850 new jobs. The first of its kind in the province, it involves marketing sites to developers, working closely with them to expedite development approvals, and partnering on projects that fit with the city's vision. He has also been instrumental in developing Langley's Sustainability Framework, its Corporate and Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Plans, and a Sustainability Checklist. 

Green Champion Award — Municipal

Halifax Regional Municipality, NS

The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) has an impressive track record of leadership in sustainable development.  Its 2015 Sustainable Communities Award-winning Solar City program is now moving into its second phase and has become a model for property assessed renewable energy (PACE) generation across Canada.  Since joining FCM and ICLEI's Partners for Climate Protection Program in 1997, Halifax has achieved all five program milestones for municipal energy management.  It has also successfully delivered 12 innovative sustainability plans, studies and projects supported by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.  

HRM continues to work with its partners and citizens to create a pro-solar environment for residents and businesses and help them prepare for a future where solar energy becomes business as usual. In March 2015, Halifax Council voted to continue the Solar City program and expand solar options by including photovoltaic and air technologies, as well as offering the PACE financing model to commercial businesses. Other priorities include active transportation, with a new dedicated bike path coming to downtown Halifax and other links being made around the city.

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