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FCM highlights Emma Martin Park solution as an example to other Canadian cities

December 11, 2014 -

In November, the City of Kingston learned that it is receiving a 2015 Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Sustainable Communities Award for its innovative solution to remediate groundwater at Emma Martin Park. Below, please find an FCM news release highlighting this successful Kingston effort and encouraging other communities to make use of our solution.

From Cape Saint George, to Richmond to Whitehorse: Learn from our 2015 Sustainable Communities Award Winners

Today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) published 10 online case studies, profiling each of its 2015 Sustainable Communities Awards winners. The case studies are developed to recognize these exemplary initiatives and the local leadership that is driving sustainable change in our communities. They are also learning tools for cities and towns across Canada that can use the knowledge and know-how to turn vision into reality — one project at a time. Each year, FCM's Sustainable Communities Awards program recognizes innovation and excellence in municipal sustainable development in six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water.

"The leadership and creativity demonstrated by this year's winners are shining examples of the many different paths to sustainability — small, rural communities are saving money and gaining social benefits, mid-sized communities are preserving infrastructure and finding new solutions to the challenges we all face, and large cities are meeting economic and environmental goals. We hope they will inspire your community to take the next step in building a more sustainable future," explained Brad Woodside, FCM president and mayor of Fredericton, NB.

In addition to community and project descriptions, the case studies document the many tangible environmental, economic and social benefits of these initiatives. They also capture some of the challenges overcome and lessons learned along the way; as well as details on project partners and collaborators, resources, photos, local contact information and more.

This vital know-how comes from communities with populations ranging from 948 to more than 880,000, and from coast to coast to coast. Since 2000, FCM has provided national recognition for its Sustainable Communities Awards winners through a range of resources and activities.

A series of webinars with current and past award winners is planned for January and February 2015, and this year's winning projects will be formally recognized at a special ceremony and in workshops at the 2015 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference, taking place February 10–12, in London, ON.

The awards are sponsored by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.

2015 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards case studies:

Brownfields (Plan)

City of Langley, BC, Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy

Brownfields (Project)

City of Kingston, ON, Groundwater Remediation Project — Emma Martin Park

Energy (Plan)

City of Surrey, BC, Community Climate Action Strategy

Energy (Program)

Halifax Regional Municipality, NS, Solar City

Neighbourhood Development (Plan)

Borough of Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, "Bois-Franc TOD" Plan

Transportation (Project)

City of Ottawa, ON, Laurier Avenue Segregated Bike Lane Project

Waste (Program)

City of Whitehorse, YK, Solid Waste Action Plan Implementation

Waste (Program)

Town of Cape St. George, NL, Small Town Waste Reduction and Recycling


Town of Okotoks, AB, Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Programs

Honourable Mention

Neighbourhood Development Plan

City of Richmond, BC, City Centre Area Plan

For additional background information, please see the award category descriptions and eligibility criteria.


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Maurice Gingues, media relations officer, 613-907-6399,

The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal FundÔ. 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.