On May 15, Hamilton Mayor Larry Di Ianni announced that the City of Hamilton has won an FCM — CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award for excellence and innovation in municipal service delivery that has advanced sustainable community development.
“Once again, Hamilton is putting its best foot forward as a service provider,” said Mayor Di Ianni. “I am proud to accept this award today on behalf of the City’s Waste Management Division for the Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) that sets a target of 65 per cent diversion from landfill by 2008.”
The City of Hamilton has been recognized for its leadership in solid waste management. The SWMMP is a long-range plan that will extend the lifespan of Hamilton’s landfill by diverting 65 per cent of waste by 2008. The plan’s 19 recommendations range from public education, to bylaw improvements, to recycling and organic waste programs. For example, improvements to its leaf and yard waste program resulted in a 72 per cent increase in material collected, diverting almost three times more material in 2004 than it did in 2000. Hamilton is also partnering with the Region of Niagara to pool resources and explore alternative disposal options, such as energy-from-waste facilities.
Implementation of the management plan began in 2002, following Council approval in December 2001. The FCM’s Green Municipal Funds (GMF), which leverages both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality and climate protection, has assisted with putting the plan into action. In 2003, GMF helped to fund the City’s Green Cart waste diversion collection project that is part of the Solid Waste Management Master Plan being recognized today.
“Canada’s municipal governments are accelerating efforts to adopt strategies and practices for sustainable community development to strengthen environmental performance and contribute to protecting our climate,” said Ann MacLean, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. “We are setting the pace in meeting the environmental goals of Canadians and securing the economic, social and environmental well-being of our communities through sustainability.”
FCM and CH2M HILL Canada established the Awards in 2000 to recognize municipal leadership in championing sustainable community development and promoting best practices in addressing environmental issues in municipal operations. Winning projects also demonstrate the economic and social benefits of sustainability. The Awards are also supported by FCM’s Green Municipal Fund and the Government of Canada.
“CH2M HILL is proud to be one of the founding partners of the Sustainable Community Awards as they enter their sixth year. This award recognizes municipalities for their achievements and commitment to improving Canada’s quality of life,” said John Murray, President of CH2M HILL Canada.
Hamilton will receive its Award on Thursday, June 2 at a ceremony on the evening before the opening of FCM’s 68th Annual Conference and Municipal Expo in St. John’s, NL.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. The Federation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in all communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government. FCM supports sustainable community development by providing a wide-range of resources including capacity building, networking tools and financial services to plan and implement innovative green infrastructure.
CH2M HILL is a global full-service infrastructure and environmental firm providing services in water, transportation, energy and industrial systems to public and private clients in numerous industries. CH2M HILL is committed to developing innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to serve the needs of communities worldwide.
For further information, please contact:
Beth Goodger, Director of Waste Management
City of Hamilton
For more information on the FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards, visit FCM’s Knowledge Network: http://kn.fcm.ca