City of Pickering wins FCM'S premier sustainability award

    PICKERING, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - At a recognition ceremony held at the 71st
Annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference and Municipal
Expo in Quebec City, the City of Pickering took home arguably the most
prestigious award, when it was presented with the 2008 FCM-CH2M HILL
Sustainable Community Award in Planning.
    This nationwide competition recognizes the very best of Canadian
municipalities' efforts to create more environmentally responsible, livable
and sustainable communities. The Planning award is held in such high regard,
because it is not focused on a single project or outcome. Rather, it
recognizes a municipality's long term vision and corresponding action plan
that will balance the multifaceted needs of its residents, businesses and
stakeholders today within the framework of tomorrow. Pickering's
groundbreaking Sustainable City Project was deemed the absolute best of its
kind amongst all Canadian cities and towns.
    "The City of Pickering is both thrilled and honoured to win FCM's premier
Sustainability Award. Being recognized as one of the country's foremost
sustainability leaders will empower the City to reach out and engage a broader
and more diverse audience with our sustainability message," said Mayor Dave
Ryan. "We embarked on this journey to become the most sustainable community in
North America, and this award affirms the progress we are making."
    As Chair of Sustainable Pickering, Councillor Doug Dickerson believes
that what has been learned by visiting and observing the best of what other
cities are doing with respect to the environment and sustainability has really
propelled Pickering forward. "We have combined the best practices of others
with our own innovations to engage our community's residents and businesses,"
said Councillor Dickerson. "In large measure, it is their enthusiasm and
support for the sustainable projects we have undertaken that has led to and
made this award possible."

    As the gateway city to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is
strategically located between Toronto and Durham Region. Pickering is an
affluent community that is steeped in history, natural beauty and small town
charm with all the amenities and services that a big city has to offer. The
City of Pickering is considered a municipal leader in fiscal management,
service delivery, sustainability and the environment; and offers a wealth of
sports, leisure and recreation opportunities for its residents. Pickering has
been recognized by Profit magazine as one of the ten best cities in Canada for
growth companies and received the 2008 FCM-CH2M Sustainable Community Planning

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