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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The City of Calgary receives two awards for Municipal Sustainability Leadership

The City of Calgary received two awards at the annual FCM Sustainable Communities Conference in Victoria, British Columbia last evening.

Alderman Brian Pincott accepted the two awards on behalf of The City at the awards ceremony. The first award was for Plan It Calgary, the three year process of developing a long term vision and plan for integrated land use planning. The second award was for the renovation of the Calgary Public Building, updating the building to achieve a 46 per cent reduction in operating costs and a 54 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The Calgary Public Building has already achieved a gold rating and is awaiting a platinum rating on the LEED Commercial Interiors scale.

“These awards demonstrate The City of Calgary’s ability to innovatively lead the country in municipal sustainability, from bricks and mortar initiatives to visionary planning for development over the next 60 years,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Recognition at a national level, among our municipal peers demonstrates our ability to think long-term and lead by example when it comes to sustainability.”

Plan It Calgary was The City’s integrated land use and mobility plan project that developed a long-term plan for Calgary's land use and transportation networks. It aligned with the goals and vision of imagineCALGARY, the 100 year sustainability plan and vision for Calgary. Through the engagement of over 6,000 Calgarians, it determined citizen and stakeholder groups’ priorities for the next 60 years, as Calgary is forecasted to grow by another 1.3 million people. The outcomes of Plan It Calgary were the integrated Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP). Together, these plans describe the long-term pattern of growth and development for Calgary.

The Calgary Public Building has been designated as a Municipal Historic Resource and heritage landmark in Calgary's downtown core. It was renovated to continue as a home for the performing arts and to also create an additional healthy workplace for more than three hundred City of Calgary staff. The renovation had a primary focus of improving the environmental performance of the building while also preserving the exterior of the building and upgrading the interior to be more energy efficient. This was done by enhancing the heating, cooling and electrical systems while adding insulation to the inside walls along with a second layer of high-performance windows. Primarily, the focus of the renovation was on reuse, restoration and recycling. This approach is consistent with The Centre City Plan, a framework for making Calgary’s core a thriving, caring, and livable space.

The FCM Sustainable Community Awards offer national recognition for municipally-led environmental projects that demonstrate leadership, innovation and excellence. The FCM Sustainable Community Awards are part of a suite of awards and honours within the FCM Awards of Excellence Program.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government.

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