VICTORIA, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
today unveiled the winners of its 2011 Sustainable Communities Awards,
a program recognizing municipal environmental projects across Canada
that demonstrate excellence in environmental responsibility.
"This year's award winners are prime examples of the type of
environmental leadership communities are showing on the front lines of
sustainable development in Canada," said Hans Cunningham, president of
FCM and director of the Regional District of Central Kootenay, B.C.
"Municipalities are where the rubber hits the road on sustainable
development and climate change.''
The Awards are designed to shine a light on municipal projects that can
inspire other Canadian communities to undertake similar initiatives,
and that provide a solid basis upon which constant improvements can be
made to increase the quality of life of all citizens and the quality of
As opposed to a comparative ranking, FCM awards top honours to winning
municipalities in each of nine categories: brownfields, buildings,
energy, integrated neighbourhood development, planning, residential
development, transportation, waste and water.
The awards were announced at a reception and awards ceremony during
FCM's Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show (SCC) in
Victoria, B.C. Victoria, in partnership with the Capital Regional
District, was chosen to welcome more than 500 delegates to Canada's
premier municipal sustainability event. This year marks the first time
that the Awards have been presented at the SCC.
FCM's Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) is the primary sponsor of the
Sustainable Community Awards. The Government of Canada endowed FCM with
$550 million to establish the Fund.
"This year's award winners show how municipalities can successfully
innovate, develop and implement sustainable initiatives by mobilizing
city council, municipal civil services, municipal partners, and the
community to foster change,'' added Karen Leibovici, chair of the GMF
Council, second vice-president of FCM and councillor for the City of
Edmonton, Alberta. "They are at the forefront of what the Sustainable
Communities Conference is all about."
The winners of the 2011 FCM Sustainable Community Awards are:
Brownfields: Town of the Blue Mountains, Ont. — Blue Mountains Town Hall
Buildings: City of Calgary, Alta. — Renovation of the Historic Calgary
Energy (two winners): City of Medicine Hat, Alta. — HAT Smart Renewable
Energy and Conservation Program; and City of Montréal, Que. — City of
Montréal Energy Fund
Integrated neighbourhood development: City of Burnaby, B.C./SFU
Community Trust — UniverCity Community at Simon Fraser University
Planning (two winners): City of Calgary, Alta. — Plan It Calgary; and
City of Yellowknife, N.W.T. — City of Yellowknife Smart Growth
Residential development: City of Victoria, B.C. — Making Secondary
Transportation: City of Toronto, Ont. — City of Toronto Walking Strategy
Waste: Regional District of Nanaimo, B.C. — Zero Waste Program
Water (two winners): Town of Olds, Alta./Waste Not Ltd. — Wastewater
Wonder; and Village of Victoria, P.E.I./Engineering Technologies Canada
Ltd. — Water and Wastewater Pilot Project
Videos of each award-winning project will be presented at the FCM Annual
Conference and Municipal Expo™, to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
June 3-6, 2011.
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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