February 16, 2007
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York proud recipient of Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation award

ORMF recognizes York Region’s extensive outreach initiatives with Moraine For Life Award
Newmarket - The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation has honoured The Regional Municipality of York with its Moraine For Life Award, recognizing the Region’s proactive approaches when working within the sensitive ecological environment of the Oak Ridges Moraine and our efforts to ensure strong, more effective stakeholder relationships.
“Having our Region’s work applauded is always an honour,” said Bill Fisch, York Regional Chair and CEO.  “To be recognized by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation for our environmental efforts is truly outstanding.  All of our infrastructure projects strive to ensure that environmental well-being remains front and centre.  This award demonstrates that our consistent efforts are both respected and valued.  The true winner, of course, is the environment and the Oak Ridges Moraine.”
Five awards were presented at the Moraine For Life award ceremony.  Other honourees included Dorothy Izzard, Michaela Halsey, the Town of Richmond Hill and Senator Homes.  York Region was presented with the Proactive Approaches award, which recognized its innovative and proactive approaches in the field of infrastructure expansion and upgrades to the York Durham Sewage System (YDSS) Interceptor trunk sewer.  The nomination paper for the award underscored York Region’s ongoing commitment to environmental protection on construction projects, noting in particular the Region’s:
• Introduction of a public and stakeholder 'constructive engagement' process
• Use of environmentally-sound technologies, such as Earth Pressure Balance Tunnel Boring Machines and sealed shaft methods, which virtually eliminates the need to de-water
• Mandatory training for construction site and supervisory staff to ensure environmental compliance
“I am very proud of the work accomplished by our YDSS project teams,” said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of York Region’s Transportation and Works Committee.  “We are moving forward with greatly needed infrastructure while, at the same time, improving upon our environment.  This award validates our efforts.”
The Region’s environmental commitment to the YDSS Interceptor trunk sewer ensures that all work undertaken exceeds environmental regulations and standards, and that all stakeholders are kept engaged through ongoing consultation. 
The awards were handed out on Monday, February 12th at the Oak Ridges Moraine Symposium, Moraine for Life Awards banquet.  For symposium details, please visit www.ormf.com/symposium
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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region
   Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1237 or cell (905) 505-5775
   Email:  barbara.moss@york.ca

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