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Kingston wins international award for “Most Innovative Water Conservation Method”

June 19, 2014 -

The City has been awarded "Most Innovative Conservation Method" from the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSCI).

"Kingston remains dedicated to becoming Canada's most sustainable city and this award, is another international acknowledgement of how we're moving forward in our sustainability goals," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "As a community, surrounded by Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, Kingston is a proud member of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and we thank them for this recognition."

"The City, with its partner, Utilities Kingston, have made conservation of our freshwater resource a priority in our strategic planning and community sustainability goals. This award validates our approach to environmental stewardship," says Paul MacLatchy, Director, Environment & Sustainable Initiatives.

In a release today announcing this Water Conservation Framework Award, GLSCI wrote: "Kingston received the Most Innovative Conservation Method award for their utility management model and their commercial and multi-residential incentives."

"It's wonderful to know that our multi-utility model and our suite of water conservation programs are considered top-notch by our fellow Great Lakes communities," says Jim Keech, President and Chief Executive Officer of Utilities Kingston.

GLSCI is an international body, made up of more than 110 Mayors and other officials, that works with governments to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. 

Kingston was named a winner at GLSCI's annual general meeting last night in Thunder Bay and was one of four cities recognized for excellence in sustainability, water conservation and municipal water management.  Grand Rapids, MI, won an award for "Most Progress on Water Conservation"; Highland Park, IL won the Wege Small Cities Sustainability Best Practices award; and Montreal won the 2014 Green CiTTS Award.

For more on the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative: www.glslcities.org

For more on water conservation in Kingston: www.utilitieskingston.com/Water/Conservation/Default.aspx

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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