May 19, 2005

The Regional Municipality of York wins FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award for energy management

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York’s energy conservation efforts have been recognized with a FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award for excellence and innovation in municipal service delivery that has advanced sustainable community development.
At York Regional Council today, Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg, a member of the National Board of Directors for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), announced that York Region has won the award.  A certificate of recognition was presented to Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.
York Region will receive its award on Thursday, June 2nd at a ceremony on the evening before the opening of FCM’s 68th Annual Conference and Municipal ExpoTM in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
“Improving energy efficiencies are vital for managing costs and preserving our environment,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This award recognizes York Region as a municipal leader for developing software and implementing practices that enhance the quality of life for all York Region residents.”
York Region has been recognized for its leadership in energy.  The Energy and Environmental Management System (EEMS) is an in-house developed web-based software produced to measure the performance of the energy and environmental municipal operations.  This tool measures information on all facilities use, street and traffic lights, water and wastewater treatment, power generation and transportation. 
The licence for EEMS software is available to other municipalities to purchase, and York Region has already sold the product to one municipality. 
“It is very exciting to be a part of such a noteworthy project,” said Councillor Hogg.  “The progress and development being made by York Region is now available to other municipalities to consider using for an energy saving initiative.”
“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 McLean, 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 our communities through sustainability.”
FCM and CH2M Hill Canada established the Awards in 2000 to recognize and celebrate 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.
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 more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at

Media Contact:   Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Corporate Communications, York Region
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