Learn from the best local leaders in green infrastructure (10/02/2016)
From left to right: Mayor Jenelle Saskiw, Village of Marwayne, Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver; Aderonke Akande, Project Manager, City of Toronto; Raymond Louie, FCM President and Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver; the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change; Bev Esslinger, Edmonton Councillor; Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, City of Kitchener (representing the Region of Waterloo); and Mayor Bruce Milne, District of Sechelt.
Ottawa, ON – How do local governments become sustainable? By learning from the best! With this in mind, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today published case studies and videos documenting each of its 2016 Sustainable Communities Awards winners' initiatives. The case studies and videos are designed to be shared and to inspire municipalities to adopt best practices and proven solutions in innovation.
From the smaller communities — the Municipality of Austin, the Village of Marwayne and the District of Sechelt — to the mid-sized City of Saint-Hyacinthe, to the larger Region of Waterloo (a two-time 2016 award winner), to the big cities of Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver, the case studies and videos offer striking examples of how local communities are consistent drivers of innovation, delivering local actions that lead to national results. Though diverse in form and focus, each project contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
FCM recognizes winners in six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water. The award recipients will be formally recognized by FCM at a special awards ceremony tonight in Ottawa as part FCM's Sustainable Communities Conference.
The Sustainable Communities Awards come on the heels of a report documenting the state of Canada's municipal infrastructure as being at a critical juncture. They demonstrate clearly how it is possible for municipalities to address the challenge of infrastructure renewal in a sustainable and innovative way.
"Congratulations to all the winning communities and thank you for sharing these all-important lessons, gained through your various projects. Looking forward, you give us tangible examples of how to renovate and revitalize our infrastructure, while seizing opportunities to make our communities more environmentally, socially and economically viable."
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.