Federation of Canadian Municipalities honours municipal excellence



    WHISTLER, B.C., June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Winners of FCM's 2009 Awards for
Outstanding International Volunteer Contribution and the 2009 FCM-CH2M HILL
Sustainable Community Awards were honoured today at a recognition ceremony
during the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) 72nd Annual Conference
and Municipal Expo(TM) in Whistler.

    Awards for Outstanding International Volunteer Contribution

    The awards were presented by the Honourable Beverley J. Oda and FCM
President Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que., to recognize the excellent
contributions of Canadian municipalities and individuals who have participated
in FCM's international programs.
    Canadians share their municipal expertise to help to build the capacity
of local government associations to improve the quality of life of ordinary
citizens the world over. In 2008, FCM members contributed more than 5,000
hours of volunteer service to improve municipal service delivery, management
and operations in 20 countries.
    "Due to the excellent work of its volunteers, FCM continues to be a
leader in local government around the world," said Perrault. "They exemplify
the ideals of all Canadians in an effort to promote municipal international
cooperation."
    The winners of the 2009 Awards for Outstanding International Volunteer
Contribution are:

    
       1. Mike Badham Award for Outstanding Individual Volunteer Contribution

          Maurice Gallant
          Assistant Director of Corporate Services Dept. and Chief
          Information Officer, City of Fredericton, N.B.
          Municipal Partnership in Thailand and Vietnam

       2. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Cooperation - Institutional
          Category

          City of Port Alberni, B.C.
          Post-tsunami reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka; Migrant Labour
          Rights project in China.

          City of Calgary, Alta.
          Post-tsunami reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka and Indonesia

          City of Toronto, Ont.
          Municipal partnerships in El Salvador and Botswana; post-tsunami
          reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka and Indonesia

          MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais, Que.
          Municipal partnerships in Nicaragua; post-tsunami reconstruction
          project in Indonesia

    FCM's international programs are undertaken with the financial support of
the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA).

    Sustainable Community Awards: Canada's greenest municipal initiatives

    Across Canada, municipal governments are implementing innovative projects
that contribute to sustainable community development. Since 2000, best
practices in sustainable community development have been celebrated each year
with the FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards.
    "FCM congratulates all the winners of the 2009 Sustainable Community
Awards," said Perrault. "We are equally honoured to have directly funded three
of the winning initiatives through FCM's Green Municipal Fund. All of the
winners are contributing creative and practical solutions to some of the
critical issues of the environment and sustainable development the world faces
today."
    The Awards are open to all municipal governments and their private-sector
partners. To be eligible for an award in one of eight categories, projects
must have been completed within two years of the date of application, or be in
the final stages of implementation, and must have achieved measurable results.
Submissions are judged by an expert panel of judges selected by FCM.
    The 15 winners of the 2009 FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards are:

    Brownfields
    City of Victoria, B.C.
    Dockside Green Phase 1

    Buildings
    City of Toronto, Ont.
    Toronto Green Standard and Better Buildings Partnership

    Energy
    Township of South Stormont, Ont.
    Kilowatt Countdown Challenge

    Planning
    City of Edmonton, Alta.
    ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

    Residential Development (two winners)
    Resort Municipality of Whistler, B.C
    Cheakamus Crossing Legacy Neighbourhood

    City of Langford, B.C.
    Affordable Housing, Parks and Amenities Contribution Policy

    Transportation
    Town of Banff, Alta.
    New Hybrid Bus System (ROAM)

    Waste
    City of Victoriaville, Que.
    Journée Normand Maurice

    Water
    City of Kingston, Loyalist Township, Town of Wasaga Beach, Township of
    Wellington North, County of Oxford, County of Bruce and City of Thunder
    Bay, Ont.
    Well Aware

    FCM's Green Municipal Fund and CH2M HILL Canada Ltd. are the primary
sponsors of the Sustainable Community Awards. Transport Canada sponsors the
transportation category and the Affordability and Choice Today (ACT) program
sponsors the residential development category.


                                 Backgrounder
                           Project Summaries of the
           2009 FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award Winners


    FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards

    Since 2000, best practices in sustainable community development have been
celebrated each year with the FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards.
    The Awards are open to all municipal governments and their private-sector
partners. To be eligible for an award in one of eight categories, projects
must have been completed within two years of the date of application, or be in
the final stages of implementation, and must have achieved measurable results.
Submissions are judged by an expert panel of judges selected by FCM.
    FCM's Green Municipal Fund and CH2M HILL Canada Ltd. are the primary
sponsors of the Sustainable Community Awards. Transport Canada sponsors the
transportation category and the Affordability and Choice Today (ACT) program
sponsors the residential development category.

    FCM's Green Municipal Fund

    The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund(TM) (GMF). The
Fund is a long-term, sustainable source of grants and below-market loans for
municipal governments and their partners. The Fund provides below-market loans
and grants, as well as education and training services to support municipal
initiatives that improve air, water and soil quality, and protect the climate.

    2009 Winners

    Brownfields

    City of Victoria, British Columbia
    Dockside Green, Phase 1

    The Dockside Green development has served as a demonstration model for
many innovative measures and has influenced Victoria's future land-use
policies. The City of Victoria chose co-developers Windmill West and Vancity
to turn a large, centrally located brownfield site into a model of sustainable
development and urban intensification (managing growth by increasing density
within an existing urban area). After cleaning up the contaminated site, the
developers took an integrated approach to designing the energy, water, sewage
and waste management infrastructure to ensure maximum synergy and efficiency.
They built four detached buildings on the site, all of which meet LEED
Platinum standards for energy efficiency. Water is conserved by treating and
reusing sewage water for irrigation and toilet flushing. A combination of
green roofs, bioswales (landscape elements that remove pollutants from water)
and a naturalized creek work to manage stormwater. A comprehensive
transportation strategy and an on-site biomass heating plant reduce greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions. Adherence to LEED building standards has reduced energy
use by 53 per cent and potable water consumption by 67 per cent, compared to
traditional developments. Ninety-five per cent of construction waste was
diverted from landfill. Phase One of the project created 200 construction
jobs.

    Key results:
      - 53% less energy used, 67% less water
      - 95% of construction waste diverted from landfill
      - 200 construction jobs created


    Buildings

    City of Toronto, Ontario
    Toronto Green Standard and Better Buildings Partnership

    The City of Toronto used the Toronto Green Standard (TGS) and the Better
Buildings Partnership - New Construction program (BBP-NC) as a two-pronged
approach to encourage sustainable building design and address several of the
city's environmental challenges. The TGS includes both mandatory and optional
performance measures for sustainable building and landscape development.
BBP-NC complements the TGS by providing incentives for energy-efficient
building design. Together the programs encourage new developments in the city
to exceed the energy efficiency standards of the Model National Energy Code
for Buildings (MNECB) by at least 25 per cent, reducing operating costs,
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and infrastructure demands. Toronto
condominiums constructed under the BBP-NC program have achieved 45 per cent
greater efficiency than the levels outlined in the MNECB, while office
buildings have achieved up to 63 per cent greater efficiency. The return on
investment for buildings that meet TGS specifications is 20 to 30 per cent.
The combined implementation of the TGS and BBP-NC is expected to save the city
approximately $1.2 billion in infrastructure expansion and health care costs
over the next 25 years.

    Key results:
      - 45% more efficient condos, 63% more efficient office buildings
      - 20-30% return on invest
      - $1.2 billion in savings over 25 years (approx.)


    Energy

    Township of South Stormont, Ontario
    Kilowatt Countdown Challenge

    The Township of South Stormont, encouraged and assisted by a small,
dedicated group of volunteers, organized the Kilowatt Countdown Challenge,
which offers 200 energy-saving tips to residents as a motivational tool to
reduce electricity consumption. The 2008 challenge engaged every member of the
municipality through a wide range of media and outreach activities, offering
tips, ongoing support and tools such as watt meters. Hydro One helped the
township tabulate results and calculate the energy savings resulting from the
project. In 2009, the organizers expanded the challenge to neighbouring
municipalities in an effort to further increase the scope and energy savings.
The township saved an estimated one million kilowatt hours of electricity
during the three months of the 2008 challenge, resulting in 650 fewer tonnes
of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The challenge also empowered citizens to
make ongoing, simple changes to limit their energy consumption.

    Key results:
      - 1,000,000 kWh saved in three months
      - 650 fewer tonnes of GHGs
      - 5% decrease in electricity use (approx.)


    Planning

    City of Edmonton, Alberta
    ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

    The ISO 14001 standard represents the strongest possible commitment to
environmental management, and few municipalities in the world have applied it
as broadly to their operations as the City of Edmonton. Although the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities has promoted this standard to its
members for many years, it is a daunting task to implement and then become
certified to the ISO 14001 standard. Between 2004 and 2008, the city's seven
most environmentally high-risk branches were certified to the ISO standard by
outside auditors through the city's EnvISO program. The city is on track in
its plans to have other high-risk departments meet the standard by the end of
2010. The city has also produced an Environmental Construction Operations
(ECO) Plan Framework for new construction. By becoming certified to the ISO
14001 standard, the City of Edmonton has reduced the environmental impacts of
its operations while also implementing hundreds of changes to improve
operations throughout the corporation.

    Key results:
      - Top seven environmentally high-risk municipal branches certified
      - New EcoPlan framework for new construction
      - Hundreds of operational changes implemented


    Residential Development (two winners)

    Resort Municipality of Whistler, British Columbia
    Cheakamus Crossing Legacy Neighbourhood

    In preparation for the 2010 Olympics, the Resort Municipality of Whistler
(RMOW) built a temporary athletes' village which will be converted into a
sustainable, compact, pedestrian-oriented community after the Olympics.
Covenants will ensure that 90 per cent of the development is used to house
local residents, and will restrict prices to allow a diverse mix of
inhabitants and increase affordable housing in the area. The development
incorporates a district-based alternative energy system, innovative stormwater
management systems, a car-share program, public transit access and a commuter
trail network. With its new district energy system, the neighbourhood will
emit 3,000 fewer tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) than a conventionally
supplied development. The athletes' village site, due to be completed in fall
2009, will be returned to the municipality in May 2010, following the games,
and will quickly be modified into a permanent residential neighbourhood with
276 new affordable housing units (221 ownership and 55 rental units), all of
which will achieve a high EnerGuide rating of 83.

    Key results:
      - 276 new affordable housing units (221 ownership, 55 rental)
      - 3,000 fewer tonnes of GHGs
      - All units to achieve high EnerGuide rating (83)

    City of Langford, British Columbia
    Affordable Housing, Parks and Amenities Contribution Policy

    The City of Langford designed the Affordable Housing, Parks and Amenity
Contribution (AHPAC) Policy to increase the availability of affordable
housing, improve ecological health and enhance public amenities in the
community. While the policy involves the cooperation of many stakeholders, it
is highly focused on engaging the development industry through a combination
of incentives and requirements. The policy requires developers to build
subsidized homes and secondary rental suites in new subdivisions and mandates
minimum green space dedications. It also requires developers to pay into a
broad range of amenity funds. These funds have been used to encourage urban
densification and redevelopment, improve parks and trails, develop community
safety programs, enhance watershed ecology, and support art installation and
community beautification initiatives. Developer contributions to these funds
have already resulted in 57.7 hectares of new parkland (a 400 per cent
increase). The policy has led to the construction of 35 affordable homes and
over 100 affordable rental units, representing a contribution of nearly $7
million by the development industry toward affordable housing.

    Key results:
      - 35 affordable homes, 100 affordable rental units
      - 57.7 hectares of parkland included - 400% increase
      - $7 million contribution from development industry


    Transportation

    Town of Banff, Alberta
    New Hybrid Bus System (Roam)

    On June 2, 2008, the Town of Banff became the first Canadian municipality
to operate a public transit fleet composed only of diesel-electric hybrid
buses. Called Roam, the fleet of four Canadian-made buses save the town 14 per
cent in monthly fuel costs. The town's strong commitment to environmental
sensitivity and sustainability goes further. Instead of selling advertising
panels on the buses, Banff partnered with Parks Canada to install panels that
promote appreciation and respect for the area's wildlife. Each bus carries up
to 84 passengers and is able to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, bicycles,
skis and snowboards. Ridership is up 36 per cent, fossil fuel consumption is
down, and 16 new jobs have been created. The town expects the new fleet to
reduce traffic congestion, parking problems and car dependency in Banff.

    Key results:
      - 14% monthly fuel savings
      - 35% increase in ridership
      - 16 new jobs created


    Waste

    City of Victoriaville, Québec
    Normand Maurice Day

    Since 1998, the Groupe Solidarité Jeunesse (a youth organization), in
partnership with the City of Victoriaville, has organized Normand Maurice Day,
an annual environmental awareness event. Every year in October, local youth go
door-to-door to collect hazardous household waste (HHW). The number of
participating municipalities is on the rise: in 2006, six municipalities
participated in the waste collection; in 2008, this number grew to 20. The
last collection, in October 2008, enabled the municipality to divert 44,687 kg
of HHW, saving $3,828 in landfill costs. The initiative aims to educate youth
and the public about environmental issues, and develop a sense of community
responsibility with respect to the environment.

    Key results:
      - 44,687 kg of hazardous household waste diverted (2008)
      - $3,828 saved in landfill costs (2008)
      - 80 new jobs


    Water

    City of Kingston, City of Thunder Bay, Loyalist Township, Township of
    Wellington North, County of Bruce, Town of Wasaga Beach, and County of
    Oxford, Ontario
    Well Aware

    The Well Aware program supports and encourages well stewardship among
private well owners. Spearheaded by Green Communities Canada (GCC) and its
non-profit member organizations, the program partners with municipal
governments and groups in communities across Ontario. The program builds
awareness among rural residents about the best way to install and manage wells
to ensure safe drinking water. Educational materials are developed at the
provincial level and delivered by peer well owners at the local level. This
process is considered five times more likely to lead to action than if well
owners simply attend an event, and 50 per cent of well owners are expected to
upgrade their wells as a result of the program. Operating since 2002, Well
Aware increases a community's capacity to address threats to groundwater
quality. By helping to protect wells, the program also allows municipalities
to postpone the expansion of existing municipal water and wastewater systems
or the development of new systems.

    Key results:
      - 50% of owners to upgrade wells
      - Increased capacity to address threats to groundwater quality
      - Postponed expansion/development of water and wastewater systems
    




For further information:

For further information: Awards for Outstanding International Volunteer
Contribution: Elena Harder, Coordinator, Communications and Outreach, FCM
International, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6252,
eharder@fcm.ca; www.fcm.ca/international; FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community
Awards: Dave Weatherall, Communications Officer, Green Municipal Fund,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, dweatherall@fcm.ca;
www.fcm.ca/gmf; CH2M HILL Canada: www.ch2mhillcanada.com

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