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Cranbrook wins at FCM’s Sustainable Communities Awards

(From left) Raymond Louie, chair of the Green Municipal Fund Council and councillor for the City of Vancouver, Wayne Stetski, Cranbrook mayor, Berry Vrbanovic, president of FCM and councillor for the City of Kitchener and Brock Carlton, Chief Executive Officer, FCM. - Photo submitted
(From left) Raymond Louie, chair of the Green Municipal Fund Council and councillor for the City of Vancouver, Wayne Stetski, Cranbrook mayor, Berry Vrbanovic, president of FCM and councillor for the City of Kitchener and Brock Carlton, Chief Executive Officer, FCM.
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The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today unveiled the winners of its 2012 Sustainable Communities Awards, a program recognizing municipal projects across Canada that demonstrate excellence in environmental responsibility. The Awards were announced at a ceremony during FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show (SCC) in Ottawa, with Cranbrook winning in the “Water” category.

“As FCM president, I have had the chance to travel to communities all across Canada, and I can say that this year’s award winners are in great company,” said Berry Vrbanovic, president of FCM and councillor for the City of Kitchener, Ont. “The impressive range of examples of environmental leadership I have seen on the ground shows that municipalities are playing a key role in driving the emerging green economy.’’

FCM’s Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) is the primary sponsor of the Sustainable Communities Awards. The Government of Canada endowed FCM with $550 million to establish the Fund.

Cranbrook’s Wastewater Inprovement Project involved increasing the quality of its treated effluent and decreased its energy consumption and GHG emissions by installing more efficient pumps and introducing computer-controlled, low-pressure spray nozzle technologies and fine bubble air diffuser aeration in treatment lagoons.

The city expects to reduce its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions with the project as well as extend the systems life by more than 20 years, increase the wastewater capacity and cut costs.

“This year’s award winners make a very strong case for the economic and social viability of sustainability,” added Raymond Louie, chair of the GMF Council, and councillor for the City of Vancouver.

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