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Salmo recognized at Sustainable Communities Awards 2018

Village of Salmo, winner of 2018 Sustainable Communities Award, put employees through asset management training.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recently announced that the Village of Salmo is one of the recipients of the 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards.

The awards, given out by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, honour and celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities across Canada.

Salmo earned the Asset Management honour for developing an advanced set of practices that are improving Salmo’s resilience to extreme climate events while improving the reliability of local services. The award recognizes the Village’s current and future asset and infrastructure plans, and acknowledges and places value on human assets (employees and volunteers) in addition to natural assets, as part of overall asset management.

"Through these awards, we recognize and celebrate our sustainability trailblazers in municipalities across Canada," said Jenny Gerbasi, FCM president.

"From coast to coast to coast, communities are driving some of the most innovative solutions to Canada’s sustainability development.These winning initiatives are shining examples of innovation meeting action."

Municipalities are being recognized for delivering innovative solutions in eight categories: asset management, brownfields, climate change, energy, sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design, transportation, waste and water.

The outcomes of municipal sustainability initiatives include more integrated community planning as well as economic, social and environmental benefits.

The other 2018 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards winners are:

  • Brownfields: City of Port Coquitlam, BC: Blakeburn Lagoons Park — for ecological techniques that have enabled this brownfield to be safely and affordably remediated, creating a new natural green space for local residents.
  • Climate change: Regional Municipality of Durham, ON — Community Climate Adaptation Plan — for developing a new method for adapting to climate change in the community, by combining local expertise with state-of-the-art scientific weather models.
  • Energy: City of Yellowknife, NT — Biomass District Energy System — for making a switch to biomass energy that allows Northern communities to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, shrink its carbon footprint and lower energy costs
  • Sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design: City of Guelph, ON — Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan — for developing a plan to meet growth targets without expanding the city’s boundaries that includes an innovative new carbon-neutral community
  • Waste: Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, BC — Terrace Area Integrated Solid Waste Management Program — for an integrated waste management program that s increases waste diversion and addresses the needs and concerns of the community
  • Water: Town of Okotoks, AB — Living Soils Filtration Project — for putting in place a practical and effective water management system that uses different soils and plants to capture, filter and disperse stormwater

The recipients will each deliver a live, TED-talk-style presentation on their projects at FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference.

The presentations recently happened at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. Winners in each category are also eligible for the Inspire Award, given to the most creative and innovative project.

Read more from the official Village of Salmo site here.