Media advisory - BC's greenest communities attract national delegation of municipal decision-makers

                       AUGUST 17TH - AUGUST 22ND, 2008

    OTTAWA, Aug. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time in its 13-year history,
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is bringing its Sustainable
Communities Mission to British Columbia, home to some of the world's leading
examples of sustainable community development.
    As part of the tour, beginning August 17, in Vancouver, more than
30 municipal leaders from across Canada will get a first-hand look at
one-of-a-kind projects that are at the forefront of sustainable development,
including the Southeast False Creek Olympic Village, Whistler Athlete's
Village and Victoria's Dockside Green.
    Through site visits and presentations, delegates will learn invaluable
information about energy and environmental policies and strategies;
sustainable transportation; brownfield remediation; infrastructure design and
efficiency; and, sustainable water and waste management. Information they can
take home and use in their own communities.
    Past missions have traveled to countries including Finland, Denmark, the
Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and England. Now, Canadian communities don't have
to travel overseas to find leading examples of sustainable practices, they are
learning from each other, right here in their own back yard.
    On August 18 delegates tour Vancouver's Sustainable Transportation
Showcase, followed by a trip to the National Works Yard, home to one of the
first buildings in Canada to receive LEED Gold Certification under LEED BC
    Delegates will spend August 19 touring the Southeast False Creek and
Olympic Village Sustainability Project. They will also visit the Metro
Vancouver Waste-to-Energy facility in Burnaby.
    On August 20 the mission travels up the Sea to Sky Highway to the
District of Squamish, Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada and a community
where conservation is an imperative. The day continues farther north in the
Resort Municipality of Whistler where delegates will tour the Whistler Public
Library and the Olympic Athletes' Village.
    The mission moves to Vancouver Island on August 21. Delegates will tour
the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Operations Centre, a LEED Platinum
building. They'll also visit Dockside Green, a one-of-a-kind sustainable
community development still under construction in Victoria's inner harbour.
    The tour wraps up August 22 with site visits to the city's Roundhouse
Project, Railyards Project and the Selkirk Waterfront Community.

For further information:

For further information: Rebecca Peters, Laura Ballance Media Group Inc,
(604) 809-3531 (cell), (604) 252-3614 (office),; Jeremy Dunn,
Laura Ballance Media Group Inc., (604) 726-8350 (cell), (604) 252-3615

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