Largest Municipal Meeting on Sustainability Set for February 2016 in Ottawa-Gatineau (14/12/2015)
Ottawa-Gatineau — The Sustainable Communities Conference is returning to Ottawa-Gatineau in February 2016, marking the 11th edition of this unique national gathering of municipal and sustainability advocates. More than 400 participants are expected to attend this annual meeting of mayors, councillors, administrators and industry experts.
This year's Sustainable Communities Conference (SCC) focuses on innovative and emerging practices as well as proven solutions, and will offer participants unique opportunities to connect, explore, experience and learn from sustainability thought leaders, industry experts and each other.
Whether your community is at the planning stage, conducting a feasibility study or pilot project, or ready to embark on a capital project, the conference delivers relevant, interactive content that brings fresh insights to the challenges we all face as municipalities.
- The SCC is the only national sustainability conference designed for municipal leaders.
- It is also the best and most cost-effective way to build, maintain and enhance the know-how, knowledge and connections required for the short, medium and long-term sustainability needs of your community.
- The keynote speaker for the conference is award-winning author Charles Montgomery. As an urbanist and committed sustainability advocate, Montgomery will point to powerful evidence that green, low-carbon and happy cities are indeed one and the same.
- 3 plenary sessions: keynote speakers provide the big picture and discuss leading trends in municipal sustainability. One of the keynote sessions will address climate change, and how local solutions can deliver global impact.
- 7 full-day and 1 half-day applied and practical training sessions including Implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure; Lifecycle Infrastructure Management; Cost-effective Brownfield Redevelopment, and more.
- 15 workshops on innovative and emerging practices, proven good practices and sustainability solutions from across Canada and around the world.
- 4 study tours showcasing the National Capital Region's achievements in moving from vision to sustainable reality.
- The Sustainable Communities Awards and Partners for Climate Protection Program Recognition ceremony, on February 10, honouring achievement and dedication in municipal sustainability.
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.