OTTAWA, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM) invites municipal, private-sector and other representatives from
across Canada to its 2012 Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade
Show. The event will take place in Ottawa from February 8 to 10, 2012,
under the theme "Making the Business Case for Sustainability."
Given the context of tight municipal budgets, the 2012 conference will
highlight projects that respect the environment and reduce operating
costs while supporting the local economy. The conference will make the
business case for sustainability in seven key topic areas: sustainable
rural development, procurement, water, social and economic linkages to
sustainability, building partnerships, financing sustainable
infrastructure, and climate action.
Advanced training workshops will provide training for mayors,
councillors, municipal staff, and sustainability professionals working
in the private sector, not-for-profit organizations and the federal and
provincial governments on topics such as implementing sustainable
community plans. At the trade show, delegates can learn about the
latest green products and services at some 50 booths.
The 2012 conference will pay special attention to small and medium-sized
communities, and various sessions will be tailored to their needs.
FCM will also announce the winners of the 2012 Sustainable Communities Awards, which recognize exceptional municipal projects in nine categories.
Information and knowledge sharing are always front and centre for
conference delegates. These exchanges allow participants to network and
build relationships that will be an ongoing source of practical
information, expertise and know-how when they return home to their
communities. FCM encourages all delegates to report back to their
council and colleagues to share the knowledge and expertise from this
For those who are unable to attend the conference, plenaries, keynotes
and rural-themed sessions will be webcast on FCM's website.
Simultaneous translation will be provided throughout the conference and
To register or find out more about the 2012 Sustainable Communities
Conference and Trade Show, visit FCM's website.
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
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