In this category, we consider initiatives that focus primarily on the sustainable production, distribution or conservation of energy. The winning initiative of this award may incorporate renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geothermal, small-scale hydro) installations, energy-efficiency retrofits, energy conservation measures, or district energy systems. Energy plans, capital projects and programs are all eligible.

Examples of eligible initiatives include:

  • Community energy plans
  • Energy efficiency retrofits and new builds, including:
    • Net-zero buildings
    • Sustainable affordable housing projects
  • Projects focused on energy recovery
  • Energy conservation projects and programs, including:
    • Community-based innovative financing programs
    • Educational programs

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 Energy winner, the City of Yellowknife, NT. The City’s Biomass District Energy System allowed them to reduce their carbon footprint and lower costs.

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. 

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