Three BC Communities; Salmo, Port Coquitlam and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, have recently been awarded the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities award. These awards honour and celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities of all sizes across Canada. The 9 winning projects showcase the most innovative environmental initiatives in the topic areas of Asset management, brownfields, climate change, energy, neighbourhood design, transportation, waste and water.
The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine's Terrace Area Integrated Solid Waste Management Program
Building a new waste management facility can be a contentious issue for any community. The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, BC, recognized the value that thorough consultation with residents, businesses, First Nations and other stakeholders can provide and incorporated solid engagement, which really made a difference to the project.
Find out more about how they incorporated the community's interests in their plan and how their actions can be a model for small or rural communities across Canada.
The Village of Salmo's Sustainable Salmo Asset Management project
The small Village of Salmo had an interesting challenge – it had no financial statements, filing system or records for two years along with a combination of having brand new staff in all levels of the organization. To overcome this challenge they saw this as an opportunity to start from scratch and implement best practices in sustainable asset management.
To learn more about the community's award-winning organizational improvements, use the link here.
The City of Port Coquitlam’s Community Minded Brownfield Plan
The city of Port Coquitlam wanted to return a former sanitary lagoon into a natural park for the public, but the location showed unsafe levels of contaminants. When funding became available, the City came up with an innovative plan using natural techniques to self-remediate the site which helped them avoid unnecessary costs of removing and replacing the contaminated soil and sludge. This allowed them to transform this former waste sanitation pool into a safe, natural green space that residents wanted.
Click here to learn more about the City of Port Coquitlam’s brownfield project.