The City of Campbell River, British Columbia
The City of Campbell River has won a Union of BC Municipalities Community Excellence award for leadership and innovation for their Power Down energy conservation and video challenge. They also received an honourable mention from the Community Energy Association for the Climate and Energy Action Award.
Power Down Campbell River adds to the city’s Corporate Carbon Neutral Plan and corporate energy retrofits by including community energy conservation efforts. The reality-TV inspired Energy Challenge had five families competing head to head for a month, trying to conserve energy and educate the community about their tips and tricks. Winners received $1,500 to put towards a home energy retrofit.
To read more about the competition, the associated Energy Rebate Program, and Campbell River’s energy conservation goals, click here.
City of Edmonton, Alberta
The City of Edmonton recently won a total of three awards from the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) for its leadership in innovation and planning. The APPI honours plans and projects that add to the livability of communities in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Edmonton’s exemplary plans and projects that were recognized are the McKernan-Belgravia Station Area Redevelopment Plan (Transit Oriented Development, the Neon Sign Museum, and Designing New Neighbourhoods: Guidelines for Edmonton’s Future Residential Communities.
Peter Ohm, the City’s Branch Manager of Urban Planning and Environment, said he was grateful for the recognition of the community’s innovation and creativity in building an attractive, unique and vibrant city.
To read more about the individual plans/projects, click here.
The Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario
The Regional Municipality of Durham’s Works Department received international recognition for its waste management practices from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), winning a silver award of excellence.
Durham Region was awarded for their efforts to educate the public about their Blue Box program expansion in 2013. Using media, advertising, social media, their website, and public space advertising, residents were made aware of the additional materials that could be recycled. Cliff Curtis, Commissioner of Works, cites resident participation as the most important factor to increase recycling, and appreciates the recognition of their public education efforts.
The new plastics recycling program led to an additional 1,675 tonnes of plastic being diverted from landfill just last year.
For more information, click here.