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Green City Awards - Notice of Upcoming Deadline


Circular No. 07:12
ARCS File#: 195-20


May 11, 2007
To: All Local Government Chief Administrative Officers, Engineers and Planners
Re: Green City Awards - Notice of Upcoming Deadline

AN IMPORTANT PART of making our communities greener and healthier places to live is the recognition of those innovative communities that are making a difference – local governments that design sustainable and vibrant communities that encourage physical activity, energy conservation, and produce environmental benefits. In his 2006 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention speech, Premier Gordon Campbell challenged local governments to increase urban densities, reduce building costs and create positive environmental and health outcomes. To help encourage local governments to take up the challenge, the Premier established the Green City Awards to provide substantial cash awards to local governments, large and small.

The awards will profile best practices to give local governments in British Columbia a range of concrete case studies to draw on and model. It will also enable recipients to further invest in initiatives that result in greener and healthier communities. The emphasis of the awards will be on implementation of best practices and progress towards sustainability throughout the community (rather than project-specific).

The Green City Awards is a $2.5 million direct award program that will commit $500,000 a year over the next five years. In recognition of the differences between communities of varying sizes, the awards will be given to municipalities in six categories based on population. Two additional categories will award regional districts for the important and distinctive work that they do in electoral areas and across their region.

Entries will be evaluated on how the local government’s community wide practices meet the award’s criteria. Entries should detail all of the local government's practices that improve the health of citizens and the environment and create sustainable communities. These include planning initiatives, green buildings, healthy living programs, water conservation, low-impact development bylaws, etc.

Awards criteria include:

  • Triple Bottom Line: demonstrating how social, environmental and economic values are integrated throughout the community.
  • Livability and Demographics: demonstrating how a local government is addressing issues that may affect specific demographic groups, for example, through smart design and planning answering the needs of an increasingly aging population - or by promoting healthier more active lifestyles within a community and demonstrating support for ActNow BC.
  • Climate Change: demonstrating proactive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.
  • Innovation and Transferability: providing examples that other local governments can learn from and apply in their communities and which showcase British Columbia communities internationally.

The inaugural awards will be announced at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities annual convention this September.

Nominations for this year close June 1, 2007.


All local governments in British Columbia are eligible for Green City Awards. Nominations will only be accepted through a "self-nomination" process.

For more information, and to complete the nomination form, please visit today!

Original signed by:
Glen Brown
Infrastructure and Engineering

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