FCM presents 2015 Sustainable Communities Awards (11/02/2015)
London, ON — Tonight, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will recognize the 2015 Sustainable Communities Awards winners. The nine winners and one honourable mention were announced last November, and will be honoured at a special ceremony during the Sustainable Communities Conference (SCC) in London, ON.
Building on the online case studies that were launched in mid-December, as well as a series of webinars, tonight's ceremony will also unveil videos featuring interviews with the elected officials, municipal staff and partners who are driving change in their communities. Representatives from every winning municipality will be on hand to accept their awards.
"These videos bring to life the experiences of local governments that are working to make sustainable vision a reality in their communities", declared Brad Woodside, FCM president and mayor of the City of Fredericton, NB. "As FCM president, I get to see this first-hand and it never fails to energize and inspire me. I hope these awards provide Canadians with the same sense of pride and optimism as we take stock of how far we have traveled on the path to sustainability and look ahead, as we strive to maintain and increase the momentum. There is no doubt that Canadian municipalities are at the forefront of sustainability — kudos to all the winning communities and projects!"
Tonight's ceremony will also honour Pickering and Mississauga who have completed the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program — a network of Canadian municipalities that have committed to taking action against climate change — as well as presenting the PCP Spirit Award for outstanding municipal staff contributions. London, the host city for the 2015 SCC, is "walking the talk" as one of only a handful of Canadian municipalities that have achieved Milestone 5 in the PCP framework.
The awards are sponsored by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.
2015 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards videos:
City of Langley, BC, Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy
City of Kingston, ON, Groundwater Remediation Project - Emma Martin Park
City of Surrey, BC, Community Climate Action Strategy
Halifax Regional Municipality, NS, Solar City
Neighbourhood Development (Plan)
Borough of Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, "Bois-Franc TOD" Plan
City of Ottawa, ON, Laurier Avenue Segregated Bike Lane Project
City of Whitehorse, YK, Solid Waste Action Plan Implementation
Town of Cape St. George, NL, Small Town Waste Reduction and Recycling
Town of Okotoks, AB, Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Programs
Neighbourhood Development Plan
City of Richmond, BC, City Centre Area Plan
More information about sustainable communities:
Sustainable Communities Awards
Partners for Climate Protection
Green Municipal Fund
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.