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Surrey Named Among FCM Sustainable Communities Award Winners

Surrey City Centre

November 19, 2014

SURREY, BC – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced the winners of its 2015 Sustainable Communities Awards, recognizing innovation and excellence in municipal sustainable development in six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water.

The City of Surrey received the Sustainable Communities Award in the Energy Planning category for its Community Climate Action Strategy comprising of two complimentary plans; The Community Energy Emissions Plan, which provides a guide to reduce community energy spending and greenhouse gas emissions, and The Climate Adaptation Strategy, which identifies how the City may be vulnerable to climate change impacts and proposes actions to mitigate risk and cost.

“FCM’s recognition of our citywide efforts to mitigate climate change is another positive step forward for our environmental sustainability framework,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “As we continue to move forward with sound infrastructure projects, the Community Climate Action Strategy will remain carefully integrated to ensure eco-friendly, sustainable and resilient growth.”

The 2015 award winning initiatives all focus on partnerships and community engagement to ensure environmental, economic and social benefits.

“Surrey’s Community Climate Action Strategy is vital to reinforcing broader efforts in establishing the city as a thriving and robust urban centre,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee. “Through collaborative participation in reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, we can continue to realize the goals set out in Surrey’s Official Community Plan.”

The City of Surrey has taken a number of steps towards advancing these initiatives in recent years, and will be formally recognized alongside the nine other winners at a special ceremony at FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference (SCC) taking place February 10–12, 2015, in London, Ontario.

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Program Information:

Anna Mathewson
Manager, Sustainability
City of Surrey
604-598-5833
AMathewson@surrey.ca

Media Inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
604.591.4519
owlum@surrey.ca