Edmonton’s Environmental Strategic Plan Garners National Award
May 30, 2012
The Way We Green, the City of Edmonton’s long-range plan for a sustainable, resilient community, is receiving national recognition.
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) has awarded the City of Edmonton with its 2012 Environment Award for The Way We Green Environmental Strategic Plan. The award was presented at CAMA’s national conference held in Saskatoon May 30, 2012.
“CAMA is pleased to recognize the innovation and administrative excellence demonstrated by the City Edmonton in developing this plan,” said Jim Toye, president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators.
The Way We Green, approved by Edmonton City Council in July 2011, sets out principles, goals, objectives and strategic actions for Edmonton to live in balance with nature. The plan’s two main focuses are: (a) sustainability: our society’s ability to endure over a prolonged period as an integral part of Earth’s natural systems, and (b) resilience: the capacity of our city to withstand and bounce back intact from environmental disturbances.
“The City of Edmonton is honoured to have received this award for The Way We Green,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “While the award itself was presented to representatives of the City, the praise for it belongs to the citizens of Edmonton. It was their feedback, advice and ideas that led to the creation of the plan and it is those same citizens who will make the goals of sustainability and resilience a reality in the future.”
“The quality of award submissions from municipalities across the country continues to impress us,” said Don Melanson, Chair of CAMA’s Awards Committee. “We had 43 entries this year, so picking 8 winners was a challenge. Congratulations to all the entrants.”
CAMA’s Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change. Awards are granted to programs, projects or services that have made a significant and positive impact on the environment.
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Mary-Ann ThurberCity of Edmonton
Urban Planning and Development