Edmonton’s success in developing effective environmental programs earned the City a Climate Leadership in Canada award in December 2009.
Edmonton was one of five cities in Canada that received the award at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.
The award, which was created by some of Canada’s leading environmental organizations, helps showcase Canadian provincial and municipal leadership in fighting climate change. The cities of Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver also received awards as well as the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario.
Edmonton received the award for its CO2RE program as well as its new Renewable Energy Task Force. CO2RE is a community-based strategy to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions.
CO2RE complements the work underway to reduce emissions from City buildings and the municipal and transit fleets. The Renewable Energy Task Force was created to find ways to help Edmontonians take advantage of the potential offered by renewable energies.
Mayor Stephen Mandel, who provided a written acceptance speech that was read at the ceremony, says the award recognizes Edmonton’s leadership in environmental programs and initiatives.
“The City of Edmonton is an environmental leader because of the dedication and cooperation of its environmentally-conscious citizens,” Mandel says.
“We are proud that this award recognized the success of programs like CO2RE, which encourages environmental responsibility and helps give our citizens the tools to make a positive impact on the environment.”
The organizations sponsoring the Climate Leadership in Canada award include: the David Suzuki Foundation, the Ecology Action Centre, Environmental Defence, Équiterre, ForestEthics, the Green Energy Act Alliance, the Pembina Institute, PowerUp Canada, tck tck tck, and WWF-Canada.
The award was presented in Copenhagen on December 16, 2009.
Sustainability and environmental responsibility is a key policy and program focus for the City of Edmonton.
As part of Edmonton’s commitment to environmental leadership, City Council declared a vision for Edmonton to be an environmentally sustainable city – through an initiative called EcoVision Edmonton.