The Village of Salmo has won a Sustainable Communities Award for Asset Management from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Salmo, one of eight communities recognized by the FCM, was recognized for its Sustainable Salmo Asset Management Project, which is an advanced set of practices that are improving Salmo’s resilience to extreme climate events while improving the reliability of local services.
Other winners are: City of Port Coquitlam, B.C.: for ecological techniques that have enabled a brownfield to be safely and affordably remediated, creating a new natural green space for local residents; the Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario, 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; the City of Yellowknife, NT, 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; and the City of Guelph, Ontario, for developing a plan to meet growth targets without expanding the city’s boundaries that includes an innovative new carbon-neutral community.
There were also two transportation co-winners; the City of Kingston, Ontario, for generating a 20-fold increase in student public transit ridership by providing a bus orientation program; and the City of Montreal, for implementing a program that supports small-scale, borough-led street design projects that encourage walking and cycling and the greening of urban spaces
The FCM said. “the awards honour and celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities across Canada.”
All recipients delivered a live TED-talk-style presentation on their projects at FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 6.