This award recognizes achievements contributing to climate change mitigation through deep energy efficiency retrofits in community buildings (municipal or non-profit owned). Winning initiatives must demonstrate lower operating and maintenance costs and improvements in energy performance in existing cultural, recreational, or athletic buildings. Eligible initiatives can include a single building or a portfolio of buildings where the majority of buildings are for a community purpose. Plans, capital projects, studies, and strategies will all be considered.
Examples of eligible initiatives include:
- Retrofits that optimize the energy performance and achieve a minimum of 30% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of community buildings owned by municipalities and non-profit organizations
- Innovative studies, programs, projects, or policies that significantly reduce emissions towards achieving net-zero targets over time in existing municipal building’s portfolio. This includes community-purpose buildings such as recreational, cultural, and athletic facilities.
Who can apply?
1. All Canadian municipal governments
2. Their project partners, which includes:
- Private sector entities
- Indigenous communities
- Municipally owned corporations
- A regional, provincial or territorial organization delivering municipal services
- Non-governmental organizations and not-for-profit organizations
- Research institutes (e.g., universities)
If you’re looking for examples, learn about the Town of Halton Hill’s journey to retrofitting their community building portfolio.