Town of Oakville wins 11 awards for environmental, sustainability and social responsibility initiatives

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville wins 11 awards for environmental, sustainability and social responsibility initiatives

Oakville is one step closer to its goal of becoming the most livable town in Canada after bringing home an impressive 11 awards for various environmental, sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. Staff presented the awards received from community groups, industry peers and professional associations at Council Monday night.

“Council and I are thankful that town staff have won so much recognition for their hard work and dedication in creating a more sustainable Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council is proud of the quality and dedication of our town staff.”

Council congratulated staff on the following awards:

Conservation Halton Awards of Excellence – Corporate Award for leadership in biodiversity and environmental initiatives. Oakville was one of the first municipalities in Ontario to adopt an Environmental Strategic Plan (ESP)—a detailed plan that outlines the town’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment. The updated ESP approved by Council in December 2011, provided direction for a number of environmental programs. Oakville was recognized for its wildlife strategy, including the comprehensive Living with Coyotes education initiative. Other noteworthy highlights include a State of the Environment Reporting system that measures the plan’s results, efforts to deal with invasive species, as well as urban forestry initiatives to increase tree canopy cover and improve forest health.
Partners for Climate Protection ICLEI Award for Milestone 3 in recognition of Oakville’s Corporate and Community energy plans. The Corporate and Local Community energy plans outline necessary actions for the corporation and the community to improve Oakville’s air quality and reduce energy use. Since the program’s inception in 1994, 226 municipalities across Canada have joined the Partners for Climate Protection program. Of these members only 87 have achieved Milestone 3 or better.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, awarded by the Canada Green Building Council for Oakville’s state-of-the-art Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. The facility earned LEED credits for energy performance, storm water treatment and management, ozone protection, light pollution reduction, thermal control and comfort, indoor air quality and green housekeeping. Sixteen Mile Sports Complex is Oakville’s first municipal building to achieve LEED certification and the first quad pad arena in Canada to earn LEED Gold.
Smart Commute Gold Workplace, recognized by Halton Region and Metrolinx for Oakville’s successful participation in the region-wide Smart Commute Initiative. The program helps reduce the amount of single occupant vehicles on the road, reduces pollution entering the environment, and supports carpooling, cycling, walking, and public transit initiatives. The gold award was given to Oakville as an outstanding workplace that demonstrates innovation and documented success in encouraging town staff to choose more environmentally friendly ways to get to and from work.
Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Communities Award from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, an Ontario-based non-profit organization that promotes bicycling as a mode of transportation, recreation and fitness. Municipalities are judged in five categories of cycling initiatives often referred to as the Five “Es.” These are Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation and Planning.
Canadian Public Relations Society Pinnacle Award (Hamilton Chapter); International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Awards: IABC Ovation Award of Excellence (Toronto Chapter), IABC Ovation Award of Merit (Toronto Chapter), IABC Virtuoso Award of Excellence (London Chapter), IABC Virtuoso Award of Merit (London Chapter), and IABC Best of the Best Virtuoso Award (London Chapter) for the Oakville Canopy Club, an innovative community outreach program that encourages residents and businesses to save Oakville’s tree canopy from the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer.

Award winners recognized by Council include:

Nina de Vaal, Michael Brennan and Sarah Douglas-Murray, Recreation and Culture
Chris Mark and Janis Olbina, Parks and Open Space
Shelly Switzer and Saher Fazilat, Facilities and Construction Management
Cindy Toth, Donna Doyle and Suzanne Madder, Environmental Policy
Chris Clapham, Engineering and Construction
Janine Ivings, Jeff Smalley and Brett McNally, Strategy, Policy and Communications


Media contact:

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3005

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