FCM’s Brad Woodside and London’s Matt Brown invite sustainability leaders to the ‘Forest City’ (27/01/2015)
Harvest Power's Energy Garden, where organic waste is turned into profit is one of the study tours at SCC 2015
Today, Brad Woodside, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of the City of Fredericton, NB, and Matt Brown, mayor of the City of London, ON, invited all municipal staff and elected officials, business leaders, researchers, NGOs, developers, resident associations, as well as federal and provincial government representatives to the 'Forest City' for Canada's premier municipal sustainable development conference from February 10‒12.
London will host FCM's 2015 Sustainable Communities Conference under the theme Building Momentum for Sustainability — a unique three-day experience where participants will connect with experts and peers, explore London's leading green facilities, and experience content that is tailor-made for all municipal practitioners and their partners.
"This conference is for those who are committed to creating a sustainable future for their communities, as participants will be inspired with insights, proven solutions, practical tools and training that can be applied immediately to support their sustainable initiatives when they go home", said Brad Woodside. For example, seven full-day training sessions cover challenges such as bringing underutilized sites back to life, implementing sustainable community plans, and instilling a sustainability mindset within your town hall (led by Bob Willard, author and speaker, Sustainability Advantage). The two remaining days will see 22 interactive workshops and study tours. Sessions will cover issues such as rural sustainability solutions and navigating polarized issues, as well as how to make sustainability part of a winning election platform.
"I'm pleased that London was chosen as the host city, as we are leading in sustainable development and environmental achievement in areas like energy efficiency," said Matt Brown, Mayor of London. "We look forward to sharing our successes and hearing new ideas and experiences from leaders across Canada."
Study tours include a facility that turns locally produced organic material into marketable biogas while boosting recycling efforts; the London Wastewater Facility, where a public-private sector consortium accelerates the development and commercialization of environmental technologies; and a LEED® Gold certified complex that houses the Stoney Creek Community Centre, YMCA and Library. To round out the program, keynote speakers such as Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner for the City of Toronto, Mark Heyck, mayor of the City of Yellowknife, NWT, and Ashley Good, CEO of Fail Forward, will highlight the importance of learning from failure as well as success in building momentum for sustainability. The full conference program and registration information are available online.
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.