Richmond accepts four sustainability awards
11 October 2017
Through innovation and environmentally focused practices, the City of Richmond has been recognized with four notable awards.
The first award is the Region Institutional Energy Management Award for 2017 by the Association of Energy Engineers. This prestigious award recognizes the City for leading the way with its District Energy implementation program, and was awarded at the World Energy Engineering Congress in in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in September.
The Association of Energy Engineers strives to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. The Region Institutional Energy Management Award recognizes organizations and companies for their dedication and performance in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry.
The second award is the Community Recognition Award by Wood WORKS! BC. It recognizes leadership in the use of wood, both architecturally and structurally, in the City’s Alexandra District Energy Utility building. The building construction uses local, innovative low carbon wood for structural elements as well as interior and exterior cladding. The building also features windows with water-themed public art, a green roof and public washrooms for when the park is fully developed. It is truly a clear and tangible demonstration of the City’s commitment to sustainability results.
Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Awards are presented annually, at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention, to communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood as demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.
A third award for the City is in Leadership & Innovation – Green Initiative Honourable Mention from the UBCM for the City’s Climate Action programs. This award recognizes the City’s numerous and coordinated initiatives that have contributed to the City’s overall 6 per cent reduction in community greenhouse gas emissions, despite a 7 per cent growth in population. Specifically, initiatives highlighted include urban densification initiatives in City Centre and other areas that support walkability, greater transit access and affordable housing options, renewable energy systems for district energy and civic buildings, our progress towards achieving our zero waste targets, and finally the numerous energy efficiency programs in community and corporate buildings as well as the City’s fleet.
The fourth award is the 2017 Climate and Energy Action Award from the Community Energy Association. These awards recognize the leadership of B.C. local governments and public sector organizations at the UBCM annual conventions. The City of Richmond won in the Community Planning and Development category for its Community Energy Save Program. The Energy Save program included a number of programs that assist business and residents in reducing their energy use and costs as well as in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more, visit www.energy.richmond.ca.