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City wins FCM Sustainable Community award

February 12, 2015 -

The City of Kingston has won another Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Brownfield Award. The award, announced at the FCM conference in London, Ontario, recognizes the City's innovative and cost-effective filtering solution to remediating groundwater at Emma Martin Park.

"We're proud FCM continues to acknowledge the work we're doing in Kingston with brownfield remediation," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. "The fact that this is the second time we have won this award signals how we're moving our smart city vision forward by developing cost-effective, intelligent remediation solutions in consultation with community partners."

In November, the FCM announced the City of Kingston had won the award for the second time in three years. In 2013, Kingston won for using trees in Belle Park to capture contaminants and keep them from leaching into the river.

"This sustainable solution cost less to implement than the conventional excavation and landfilling approach to dealing with contaminated soil and groundwater. It also allowed users of this waterfront area to continue their rowing and canoe activities while construction work was conducted at the site," says Paul MacLatchy, director, environment and sustainable initiatives. 

This project supports the City's efforts to be environmentally responsible and economically healthy – two of the pillars of the Sustainable Kingston Plan, the community-built plan to make Kingston Canada's most sustainable city.

For more on the FCM award-winning solutions at Emma Martin Park and Belle Park, see www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/environment-sustainability/environmental-improvement-projects and to watch a video about the work see http://www.fcm.ca/home/awards/fcm-sustainable-communities-awards/2015-winners/2015-brownfields-project.htm

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.