Edmonton named Canada's Most Open City for 2019
The City of Edmonton continues its run as Canada’s Most Open City, according to the Open Cities Index Report 2019 released by Public Sector Digest on December 4, 2019. The index report details Edmonton’s performance compared to 55 other Canadian municipalities.
Public Sector Digest stated in their news release, “the City of Edmonton has demonstrated that their open data program continues to grow in maturity and is an example of how adequate resources can foster open data work.” Those resources include an open data committee that meets monthly, a formal city-wide open data policy, a strategic plan for open data with a guide for its implementation and an online portal for the public to access over 1,130 open data sets.
City wins national CAMA award for ecosystem mapping tool
An urban-based land and vegetation inventory framework created by the City of Edmonton to better understand Edmonton’s natural assets has been awarded the 2019 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) Willis Award for Innovation. The award was presented in the category of cities with populations of over 100,000.
Natural assets form a valuable part of a municipality’s landscape by providing essential ecosystem services. As such, Edmonton is committed to “understand[ing] the ecosystems and ecosystem services upon which it depends, valuing and protecting them as Edmonton grows.”
Communities in Bloom, Heritage Conversation Award goes to Edmonton
The 25th Edition of the Communities in Bloom National & International Awards Ceremony honoured municipalities across Canada, the United States, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, and United Kingdom.
Edmonton was recognized in the Heritage Conversation category. Heritage Conservation includes efforts to preserve natural heritage within the community with focus on the integration of landscape and streetscapes in built heritage: preservation of natural heritage pertaining to monuments, memorials, artifacts, museums and history, archives, traditions, customs, festivals and celebrations in relation to parks and green spaces in the community.
Edmonton Declared Best Canadian City For Youth To Work
A ranking by the YouthfulCities Canadian Urban Work Index has named Edmonton the best place for young people to work in 2019. The Youthful Cities organization ranks based on census data, municipal statistics and a youth survey.
Edmonton was chosen as the overall winner for youth to work based on its top ten finishes in four themes including affordability, education, employment and entrepreneurship.
Edmonton Nominated for UN Sustainable Development Goals Action Award
This nomination recognizes the transformative legacy of the CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference. Edmonton hosted the inaugural conference March 507, 2018. The event welcomed more than 800 municipal representatives, scientists and academics from around the world to share the latest scientific research on climate change, and inspire global and regional action within cities to address this complex issue.
The UN SDG Action Awards are organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, a special inter-agency initiative of the UN Secretary General mandated to scale up, broaden and sustain the global movement of action for the Sustainable Development Goals.