Town of Oakville wins national Sustainable Communities Award

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville wins national Sustainable Communities Award

Oakville honoured for its green buildings and initiatives

Town Council was presented with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Award in the category of Green Buildings and Initiatives at last night’s Council meeting.

“The town has an important role to play in our community as a leader in environmental initiatives — especially in our buildings,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We have a goal to cut the ecological footprint of existing municipal buildings while ensuring that new facilities meet cutting-edge standards of efficiency.”

The town received the award for the new Oakville Transit facility and the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex (SMSC). The construction of these two buildings followed an innovative town policy that requires new municipal buildings larger than 500 m2 to achieve LEED® Silver certification. The town was also acknowledged for its Sustainable Building Procedure and Sustainable Design Guidelines for retrofitting and maintaining all town facilities, and its’ Corporate Energy Management Plan.

Specific elements of the LEED® standards for these two new facilities include:

Heating other areas of the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex with heat recovered from the rink
refrigeration system
Reducing storm water runoff by 50% due to permeable paving at the transit facility
Diverting more than 75% of construction waste from landfill when building the transit facility

Oakville was one of the first municipalities to develop detailed guidelines for sustainable design and construction. The Sustainable Design Guidelines were approved by Council in 2010 as part of the town’s Green Building Design Procedure and outline sustainable practices for preventative maintenance, renovations, and facility operations. Through these guidelines, the town can reduce greenhouse gases and use of non-renewable resources, improve energy efficiency, and implement a life-cycle costing process.

The FCM Sustainable Communities Award recognizes municipal projects across Canada that demonstrate excellence in environmental responsibility. The Town of Oakville’s submission was one of 80 received this year and the only winner in the Building category.


Media contact

Cindy Toth
Director, Environmental Policy
905-845-6601, ext. 3299

Mary Jo Milhomens 
Senior Communications Advisor 

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