In this category, we recognize municipal initiatives to adapt to climate change impacts and/or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Winning initiatives will demonstrate a holistic approach and will be relevant to municipalities across Canada. Plans, capital projects, feasibility studies, and studies to improve municipal operations will all be considered.

Plans focusing on climate change mitigation are eligible under this category; however, projects or studies that reduce GHG emissions should demonstrate how GHG reduction is the primary goal or environmental benefit of the initiative in order to be eligible. Projects with a secondary benefit of GHG reduction (e.g., transit modal shift projects, energy efficiency retrofits) should apply under other relevant sectors.

Examples of eligible initiatives include:

  • Climate action plans that demonstrate leadership on mitigation, adaptation or both
  • Plans, projects or studies that help municipalities adapt to climate change, such as:
    • Climate-specific risk assessments and emergency response plans
    • Vulnerability mapping studies
    • New or retrofitted infrastructure, with consideration given to climate impacts
    • Urban heat island studies
  • Plans with a focus on GHG emission reduction, including:
    • Emission reduction plans with defined emission reduction targets
    • Land-use plans that include specific indicators or targets related to GHG emissions
  • Policies, programs or partnerships that seek to replicate or scale up responses to adapt to climate impacts or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with a focus on the community
  • Capital projects with a significant and measured reduction in climate vulnerability or greenhouse gas emissions

Winners in each category are automatically eligible for FCM’s Inspire Award. Check out the 2018 Inspire Award winner, a bus orientation program that significantly improved transit ridership in the City of Kingston, ON.

Learn about our 2018 Climate Change winner, the Regional Municipality of Durham, ON, who used a hybrid approach to develop their community climate change adaptation plan.

We will honour the winners at our Sustainable Communities Conference, Canada’s leading municipal sustainability event, taking place on October 20-22, 2020, in St. John's, NL. 

How to apply

Complete and submit the application form.

The deadline to submit an application for a 2020 Sustainable Communities Award is March 31, 2020.

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