Richmond wins International LivCom Awards



    RICHMOND, BC, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - The City of Richmond was presented two
prestigious awards at the International Awards for Liveable Communities in
London, UK today. In this annual competition, referred to as the LivCom
Awards, Richmond was named the overall winner for the Healthy Lifestyles award
- beating all other finalists in all size categories. Richmond also earned
second place in its size category for the Whole City Award and received Gold
level status for the overall judging.
    "This honour belongs to the entire community," said Richmond Mayor
Malcolm Brodie, who led the City's presentation team in London. "We are all
tremendously proud to have our City, staff, residents and other partners
recognized internationally for all the hard work that has gone into making
Richmond one of the best places to live in the world."
    The LivCom Awards were launched in 1997 and are endorsed by the United
Nations Environment Programme. LivCom is the world's only Awards Competition
focusing on Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment.
The objective of LivCom is to improve the quality of life of individual
citizens through the creation of liveable communities.
    Richmond was one of eight finalists for the Whole City Award in the
category for communities with populations between 75,001 and 200,000. The
other finalists were:

    
    1.  Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
    2.  Kakamigahara City, Japan
    3.  Norwich, England
    4.  Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
    5.  Pecs, Hungary
    6.  Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
    7.  Mancomunidad del Sureste de Gran Canaria, Spain
    

    Ipswich was awarded first place and Oshawa came in third for the Whole
City Award in this size category.
    The finalists each made a 40-minute multimedia presentation to the
judging panel, followed by answering questions from the judges.
    While the Whole City Award is the overall award, awards were also given
for each of the six criteria areas comprising the Whole City Award. Those
criteria are:

    
    1.  Community Sustainability
    2.  Enhancement of the Landscape
    3.  Heritage Management
    4.  Planning for the Future
    5.  Environmentally Sensitive Practises
    6.  Healthy Lifestyles
    

    The LivCom Awards were formally known as the International Nations In
Bloom. Richmond previously won this competition in 2000.





For further information:

For further information: Kim Decker, Corporate Communications Officer,
Phone: (604) 276-4371, Cell: (778) 835-6178, Email: kdecker@richmond.ca

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