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Surrey awarded Platinum Certification by the World Council on City Data

November 8, 2016

For immediate release: Nov. 8, 2016

Surrey, BC - The World Council on City Data (WCCD), the global leader in standardized city data, has awarded the City of Surrey ISO 37120 Platinum Certification.  Connected closely with the City’s Open Data and Smart Surrey initiatives, the ISO 37120 certification will allow Surrey to compare best practices with other cities and measure its performance in relation to other cities in order to improve delivery of services to residents.

“The City of Surrey prides itself as a leader in open and transparent data collection and sharing,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “We are honoured to be the first city in BC and Western Canada to be certified by the WCCD. In being awarded the highest level of certification, it only underscores our continuing commitment to build a thriving, green and inclusive city.”

WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification was awarded based on the recommendation of an independent third-party verifier who reviewed Surrey’s data.  Surrey now joins a select group of global cities that have received this prestigious certification. Some of the other cities represented in the WCCD are London, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Toronto, Melbourne, and Dubai.

“It is my pleasure to welcome the City of Surrey to the World Council on City Data as an ISO 37120 Platinum certified city,” said Dr. Patricia McCarney, President & CEO, World Council on City Data. “In addition to being the fifth Canadian city certified, Surrey is also the first city certified in British Columbia and in fact, in western Canada. The dedication of Mayor Hepner, the Council and city staff to open, standardized and comparable city data will help to increase quality of life for all citizens while driving evidence based decision making and data driven solutions. The City of Surrey stands out in Canada and globally as a leader in working to create a more sustainable, resilient, inclusive and prosperous future for its residents.”

The first international standard on metrics for sustainable cities, ISO 37120 includes 100 indicators structured around themes including economy, energy, environment, governance, health, safety, solid waste, telecommunications, transportation, and water and sanitation. 

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Program information:

Anna Mathewson,
Manager, Sustainability
Sustainability Office
City of Surrey
778.846.0150
AMathewson@surrey.ca
 

Media inquiries:

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