Case studies: FCM 2016 Sustainable Communities Award Winners
Leading the way in sustainable community development
Congratulations to FCM's 2016 Sustainable Communities Awards winners! These winning initiatives showcase the best sustainability and environmental projects in municipalities of all sizes across Canada.
Read the case studies and watch the videos for each award winner to:
- Find Canada's best examples of municipal projects in energy, waste, water, transportation, brownfields and neighbourhood development.
- Learn about the environmental, economic and social benefits the initiatives provide to their communities.
- Learn about sustainability best practices and discover ideas you can apply in your municipality's initiatives.
Several of the winning projects received funding from FCM's Green Municipal Fund.
2016 Winners: Case studies and videos
With the aim of cleaning up former refuelling sites and revitalizing communities, the City of Edmonton's Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program offers a generous selection of grants for all stages of brownfield remediation, including environmental performance incentives. Supported by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.
The Region of Waterloo and its partners helped transform an industrial brownfield site in the City of Kitchener's downtown into showcase offices, attracting tenants such as Google and reviving a central neighbourhood.
With three cities and a regional government pulling together to address climate change, the Region of Waterloo is also boosting its clean technology and sustainable energy sectors. Supported by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.
Toronto's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) and High-Rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program (Hi-RIS) provide low-interest, long-term loans to finance energy and water efficiency retrofits for private residential buildings.
The rural municipality of Austin, with its rich biodiversity, developed a sustainable management action plan to preserve the many ecosystems found throughout its territory. Supported by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.
When the Village of Marwayne was faced with a failing water system in a faltering downtown, it repaired its aging infrastructure and took a giant leap forward in terms of community renewal. Now Center Street is a draw for crowds and a boon for business. Supported by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.
Three major upgrades to Vancouver's cycling and pedestrian network have created a seamless active transportation corridor running from the city's western neighbourhoods and across the Burrard Bridge to the downtown core.
The City of Saint-Hyacinthe completed all research and development for its new biogas facility, without the assistance of external consultants. The project, a first in Quebec, helps resolve the challenge of managing large amounts of waste while generating revenue at the same time.
The District of Sechelt's new Water Resource Centre is a community-friendly facility that uses an advanced odour-free method to turn wastewater into high-quality reclaimed water and biosolids. Located in the middle of town, the new facility exceeds the treatment capacity of the two older wastewater treatment plants it replaces.