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In order to recognize the many environmental champions of our corporation, the City of Edmonton has created the Charles Labatiuk Award for Environmental Excellence.

The 2017 ceremony was held on Wednesday July 26 at City Hall.

2017 Showcase Nominees & Winners

As part of being selected as a showcase nominee, the team member(s) received a framed award certificate and a gift bag.

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Charles Labatiuk Awards.

Citizen Services

1. Muttart Stormwater Harvesting and Plant Health Program

Photo of Muttart Stormwater Harvesting and Plant Health Program Team

  • James McIvor, Kevin Bokenfohr, Michael Henighan, Garrett Watson, Danlin Su. Missing: Dayna Schell, Sandra Durante, Xiangfei Li, Ross Lauber, Dareskedart Amsalu, Michael Duerr

The Stormwater Harvesting and Plant Health Project captures rainwater and uses unique ebb and flow irrigation tables to increase watering efficiency. The program harvests about 7500 litres of rainwater each month, reduces the demand for potable water and improves plant health.

2. Mike Jenkins, Senior Biological Science Technician

Photo of Mike Jenkins

For 25 years, Mike has been working to educate the public on environmental stewardship issues, especially on the complexities of bugs and their interaction with the environment. Mike’s focus is on prevention-based initiatives that help preserve and sustain our natural ecology.

Financial and Corporate Services

City Analytics Centre of Excellence

Photo of City Analytics Centre of Excellence Team

  • Sunkanmi Owolabi, Maurya Braun,  David Rauch, Chandresh Mehta, Manjot Gill, Frank Mao, Stephanie Zhang. Missing: Usman Rizwan, Karen Parker, Mike Kluh

The team uses analytics to make environmental data interesting for Edmontonians on projects like mapping bike routes, and creating visualizations of trees throughout the city. The group worked with Parks to develop a model that could optimize turf maintenance across the city decreasing costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

City Operations

1. Eastgate Yard Rain Garden Demonstration

Photo of Eastgate Yard Rain Garden Demonstration Project Team

  • Danlin Su, Andrew Liu, Arnold Matechuk, Liliana Malesevic, Ross Bulat. Missing: Fernando Sacluti, Larry Chyzyk, Max Mao, Xiangfei Li

The Eastgate Yard Rain Garden is a landscaped area that collects, absorbs and filters stormwater runoff from rooftops, driveways and other hard surfaces. Funneling runoff through the Rain Garden helps filter the stormwater before it ends up in the river.

2. Root for Trees

Photo of Root for Trees Team

  • Back: Katelynne Webb, Ian Brusselers, Evan Klein, Ben Rix, Sara Fyfe, Nicole Fraser. Front: Jordan Veinot, Qiting Chen, Catherine Falk. Missing: Joy Lakhan

Root for Trees is an enhanced tree planting initiative with the goal of creating a diverse and sustainable urban forest. Root for Trees managers the City’s tree planting programs and promotes tree planting initiatives, including volunteer tree planting.In 2016, the staff of City Operations with the help of 4,120 volunteers, planted over 101,892 trees and shrubs in the city.

Integrated Infrastructure Services

1. Sustainable Building Policy Update Working Team

Photo of Sustainable Building Policy Update Working Team

  • Back: Jenny Hong, Michael Henighan, Pascale Ladouceur, Nicole Howard, Jodi Goebel. Front: Juan Monterrosa, Jesse Banford, Daryle Tilroe,  Shawn Allers. Missing: Kristi Olson

This team update to Policy C532 calling for all new City of Edmonton buildings, or buildings undergoing major renovations, to be constructed to a minimum of LEED silver. The team established sustainability principles, created nation-leading energy and carbon performance expectations for City buildings and made Edmonton one of the only Canadian municipalities with an integrated sustainable building policy.

2. Contaminated Oil Collection and Transfer System

Photo of Contaminated Oil Collection and Transfer System Working Team

  • Darsh Nawaratna and Jehovani Mejia

The team members researched and developed a collection, transfer and storage system for contaminated oil. The system allows the workers to safely dispose of used or contaminated oil in a storage tank that, when full, is disposed of by a waste disposal contractor.

Sustainable Development

1. Jim Andrais

Photo of Jim Andrais

Jim has been the driving force behind the creation of major environmental programs including, the Labatiuk awards, Enviso, the Way We Green and the Community Energy Transition Strategy. Jim’s dedication to environmental initiatives and his can-do attitude have been instrumental in the success of many of these program.

2. SmartTrip Program

Photo of SmartTrip Program Team

  • Dot Laing, Laura Henderson, Pam Hnytka, Laurie Bowe, Janada Hawthorne. Missing: Caroline Mills, Michelle Chalifoux

The SmartTrip program was developed to provide City staff with education and options that help them to find new ways to commute to work including transit, bikes, ride matching and more. Staff who register in the SmartTrip program get feedback on the benefits they are achieving by using SmartTrip.

Read about our previous winners and Charles Labatiuk.

The Way We Green

The City's long-term environmental strategy for a sustainable community.

For More Information

City Environmental Strategies

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