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City of Surrey Awarded for Sustainable Development

Building constructed with sustainable development.

September 19, 2012

Surrey – The City of Surrey is being honoured for outstanding contributions to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada, and will be presented tonight with a 2013 Clean50 award.

“The City of Surrey is honoured to be recognized for the work we’re doing to advance clean technology, become more energy efficient, and reduce our carbon footprint,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We’re building a city from the ground up and using this unique opportunity to shape growth and create healthier communities.”

The City of Surrey will accept the ‘Cities’ award, one of the 16 categories within the 2013 Clean50 awards program. Surrey was recognized for its ENGERYShift program, a plan to create intelligent land use and development; reduce solid waste; encourage walking, cycling and transit; develop sustainable buildings and create viable energy infrastructure.

“Through our Sustainability Charter, we’re developing innovative building and energy programs, as well as a comprehensive transportation strategy that includes new walking, cycling, and transit opportunities to connect our communities,” says Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee.

The City of Surrey has launched a number of new sustainability initiatives, including:

  • Creating a new District Energy (DE) Utility and City Centre DE system
  • Implementing a new waste collection program which diverts waste from the landfill by collecting organics separately from garbage
  • Introducing a fleet of 100 per cent Compressed Natural Gas waste collection trucks
  • Diversifying the fleet with hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, electric, and compressed natural gas vehicles
  • Building alternative fuel infrastructure
  • Creating a new by-law that requires all new gas stations to include alternative vehicle fuel sources such as electricity, compressed natural gas, hydrogen or propane
  • Building an organics biofuel facility
  • Implementing new cycling and walking Plans, including the Safe & Active Schools program
  • Developing a new innovative agricultural strategy to enhance local food security
  • Developing the new Corporate Emissions Action Plan and target to reduce emissions by 20 per cent by 2020
  • Creating a Sustainability Dashboard, with interactive maps and targets to monitor progress
  • Creating a Community Energy and Emissions Plan, and Climate Adaptation Strategy

The award program was created by Delta Management to recognize, celebrate and inspire leaders from multiple sectors who are taking Canada towards a sustainable and prosperous future. The nominees were evaluated on leadership, creativity and courage, and most importantly, for achievements with measurable, tangible results.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor