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Kingston Wins FCM Sustainable Communities Award

February 14, 2013 -

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced yesterday that the City of Kingston won a 2013 Sustainable Communities Awards at a ceremony during the FCM Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show (SCC) in Windsor, ON.

"It is an honour for our City to be recognized for the innovation and creative ways our staff have addressed the Belle Park Brownfield project which is a serious environmental concern," said FCM Board Member and Kingston City Councillor Dorothy Hector. "Municipalities are at the forefront of using new and inventive ways to solve problems using sustainable solutions. It's great to receive this recognition for the efforts by our community."

This award recognizes innovation and excellence in municipal sustainable development across Canada in six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water.

"It was a privilege to accept this award on behalf of our city for the remediation of the Belle Park former landfill," said Kingston City Councillor Sandy Berg. "Throughout the Sustainable Communities conference, I'm inspired by the innovative ideas Canadian municipalities are embracing to make our communities better places to live, work and play. For Kingston to receive this honour on a national stage is truly an honour."

Video of the Kingston award-winning project is available on FCM's website. The Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) is the primary sponsor of the Sustainable Communities Awards. The Government of Canada endowed FCM with $550 million to establish the Fund.

The winners of the 2013 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards are:

Brownfields

  • Planning: City of Greater Sudbury, ON — Reclaiming Our Urban Places: Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan
  • Project: City of Kingston, ON — Belle Park Specialty Tree Planting and Associated Landscaping Project

Energy

  • Planning: City of Kelowna, BC — Community Climate Action Plan and Corporate Energy and GHG Emissions Plan
  • Project:
    1. Capital Regional District, BC — Renewable Energy Heat Recovery Project
    2. City of Summerside, PEI — Wind Farm and Smart Grid Pilot Program

Neighbourhood Development

  • Town of Qualicum Beach, BC — Qualicum Beach Sustainability Plan

Transportation

  • City of Red Deer, AB — Commuter Bike Pilot Project
  • City of Toronto, ON, and the Toronto Transit Commission — Creating a Better Victoria Park Terminal

Waste

  • Town of Vegreville, AB — Vegreville Residential Compost Program
  • City of Yellowknife, NWT, and Ecology North — Centralized Composting Pilot Project

Water

  • City of Yorkton, SK — Water Treatment Plant and Logan Green Water Management System
  • City of Waterloo, ON — GreenLab RIM Park - Rainwater Harvesting and Reuse System

"The communities we celebrate completely debunk the idea that environmental sustainability and economic development are mutually exclusive," said Raymond Louie, third vice-president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities," chair of the Green Municipal Fund Council. "These winners show how municipalities across the country are working with local businesses, labour, community organizations and developers to create and carry out sustainable development practices while developing a greener economy for Canada — one project at a time."

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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.

Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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