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FCM Green Champions Awards

The FCM Green Champions Awards are presented annually to an individual and a municipality that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to implementing sustainable development initiatives within their organization and their communities. The individual has displayed dedication, supported innovation and provided valuable guidance within municipal government over many years. The FCM Green Champions Awards were developed to promote and reward municipal champions, inspire municipal governments, and showcase and encourage the exchange of best practices among Canadian communities.

Candidates for the Green Champions Awards come from the same year's roster of winners and honourable mentions in the FCM Sustainable Communities Awards (SCA) competition. They are chosen by  the FCM Board members on the SCA judging panel.

Green Champion Award — Individual

Joanne Horton

Chief Administrative, Village of Marwayne, AB

Grounded in 34 years of service to the Village of Marwayne, Joanne Horton brings knowledge, history and professionalism to her work.

She demonstrates her commitment to sustainability in her approach to long-term strategic plans, significant capital projects and by building strong partnerships with other organizations and governing bodies.

Under her direction the Village partnered with the Marwayne Agricultural Society to create the Marwayne Sustainability Plan.

Joanne lead upgrades and renewal of core village infrastructure, including a new green Community Hall, the arena lobby expansion, the Centre Street Revitalization, and the underground infrastructure renewal program.

Her collaborative approach brought together key partners on these initiatives, including a Marwayne Agricultural Society, the Economic Development Committee, Marwayne Historic Society and the Marwayne Chamber of Commerce. 

Ms. Horton played a central role in the Village of Marwayne's award-winning Centre Street Revitalization. Faced with leaking water and sewer pipes beneath its Center Street, the Village of Marwayne had to dig up the street to replace the pipes. Joanne encouraged municipal Council to rebuild Center Street better than before, and they did!

Ms. Horton led the planning, open houses, funds generation, community-volunteer coordination, and implementation.

Centre Street now offers cleaned up development site, widened sidewalks, improved accessibility, planted boulevards, new street lighting, and signage.

Green Champion Award — Municipal

Regional Municipality of Waterloo, ON

The Regional Municipality of Waterloo includes the three cities (Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo), and the four townships (North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich); working together they are a national leader in sustainable development and a model for other communities in Canada.

Their results-oriented approach highlights short and long term economic benefits alongside a commitment to environmental stewardship. Its 2003 Regional Growth Management Strategy became the community's long-term vision for accommodating and shaping the community's future growth in a sustainable way.

Through a suite of plans, policies and initiatives the Region has accomplished great things, including:

  • Over 60% of new residential growth is now in built up urban areas, compared to just 15% a decade ago, which reduces the need to provide more municipal infrastructure.
  • Between 2000 and 2014, transit ridership rose from 9.9 million to 21.6 million annual trips, and significantly outpaced population growth.
  • Since 2011 the Community Environmental Fund invested in 80 community projects. For every dollar the Region has invested, the community has invested another $4.90.
  • Annual water consumption has decreased 5 billion liters over the past decade of implementing the Water Master Plan. This has reduced 535 tonnes of GHGs and helps ensure a reliable local water source.
  • In 2011, the Region set a target to stabilize GHG emissions at 2009 levels by 2019. In 2013 the region surpassed this target and set a revised target of 10% reduction below 2009 levels by 2019 - the equivalent of 25% reduction per capita.
  • Between 2005 and 2015, the Region built 11 Regional buildings to LEED silver standard, saving an estimated $2.1 million per year after a five-year payback period.
  • Since switching to LED traffic signals, for example, the Region has reduced operating costs by $500,000 (1200 T GHG/yr).

In 2016 the Regional Municipality of Waterloo was a double Sustainable Communities Award Winner for its Climate Action Plan: Living Smarter in 2020 (best Energy Plan) and for the Breithaupt Block development (best Brownfields Project).

Page Updated: 15/11/2016