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Award Winners

See how our Sustainable Communities Awards winners are making sustainability a reality with innovative water management projects.

  • Okotoks proves natural stormwater management works

    Okotoks proves natural stormwater management works

    An innovative bioretention system in Alberta is demonstrating the benefits of natural stormwater management, and producing research and public education. Learn more. 
  • 2016 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards — Water project

    2016 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards — Water project

    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.
  • 2015 Water Program

    2015 Water Program

    A recognized leader in sustainable water management, the Town of Okotoks, AB, has achieved one of the lowest per capita gross water consumption rates in North America through implementing its Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity (CEP) Plan. 
  • 2014 Water

    2014 Water

    The City of Mississauga's Elm Drive right-of-way retrofit project is the first in Ontario to use low-impact development (LID) practices that capture and treat stormwater runoff through permeable pavement and bioretention planters.
  • 2013 Water Category ― Co-winner 2

    2013 Water Category ― Co-winner 2

    The City of Waterloo has developed a new sports facility with a rainwater system that uses runoff from two playing fields with artificial turf to irrigate four fields with natural turf.
  • 2013 Water Category ― Co-winner 1

    2013 Water Category ― Co-winner 1

    The City of Yorkton has built an advanced water filtration plant that incorporates an innovative system to treat backwash (water used for cleaning filters).
  • 2012 Water

    2012 Water

    Cranbrook increased the quality of its treated effluent and decreased its energy consumption and GHG emissions.
  • 2011 Water – Co-winner 1

    2011 Water – Co-winner 1

    The Town of Olds' wastewater treatment plant was almost 30 years old and serving a population of 7,500 when trouble began - the facility was at capacity and posed an environmental hazard to receiving waters.
  • 2011 Water – Co-winner 2

    2011 Water – Co-winner 2

    Residents of the small seaside community of Victoria, P.E.I., had always relied on private holding tanks and septic systems to handle sewage but, by the 21st century, failing septic systems were discharging effluent not only into the soil, but also into the groundwater and into Victoria Harbour.
  • 2010 Water

    2010 Water

    End-of-pipe treatment wetlands are a relatively new, innovative and cost-effective way to treat stormwater runoff from older, built-out communities that would otherwise discharge street runoff directly to rivers.
  • 2009 Water

    2009 Water

    The Well Aware program supports and encourages well stewardship among private well owners. Spearheaded by Green Communities Canada (GCC) and its non-profit member organizations, the program partners with municipal governments and groups in communities across Ontario.
  • 2008 Water

    2008 Water

    Increasing demand on its water supply and wastewater treatment systems led the Regional Municipality of Peel to develop a Water Efficiency Plan (WEP) that is expected, by 2015, to reduce daily and peak demand for water by up to 10 per cent and wastewater flows by up to seven per cent.
  • 2008 Wastewater

    2008 Wastewater

    Created in 1995, the Commission pour la mise en valeur du projet de dépollution et de renaturalisation has significantly transformed the Saint Charles river after 10 years of major wastewater treatment and site clean-up efforts.
  • 2007 Wastewater

    2007 Wastewater

    In late 2006, a green roofs pilot project — the first of its kind in Canada — funded the construction of 16 green roofs on a mix of public and private buildings in the city of Toronto.
  • 2007 Water

    2007 Water

    The Capital Regional District (CRD) surrounding Victoria, British Columbia, began incorporating water-demand-management initiatives into its strategic planning in 1994.
  • 2006 Water

    2006 Water

    Chelsea sits atop the Precambrian Shield of Gatineau Park. This not only prevents the municipality from developing a water or sewage system, it also means that residents must rely exclusively on groundwater for drinking water.
  • 2006 Wastewater

    2006 Wastewater

    Rather than draw 15 million litres of fresh water per day from the North Saskatchewan River for its refinery processes, Petro-Canada and the City of Edmonton developed an innovative partnership to reuse wastewater effluent.
Page Updated: 16/07/2013