FCM Green Champion
On Sunday June 5, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan received the FCM Green Champion Award –Individual at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Awards of Excellence ceremony, held during FCM’s 74th Annual Conference and Municipal Expo in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Presenting the FCM Green Champion-Individual Award to Mayor Derek Corrigan (centre) are: (left) Karen Leibovici, FCM 1st vice-president and councillor, City of Edmonton, AB and (right) Hans Cunningham, FCM past president and director, Regional District of Central Kootenay, B.C.
The FCM Green Champion Awards were developed to promote and reward municipal champions, inspire municipal governments and showcase and encourage the exchange of best practices among Canadian communities. A panel of municipal officials made the final selection in each category.
“I applaud Mayor Derek Corrigan’s commitment to promoting sustainable community development and the leadership he has demonstrated over his many years of service,” says Hans Cunningham, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. “My sincere congratulations to Mayor Corrigan on being selected for this award.”
As Mayor of Burnaby since 2002 and a Burnaby City Councillor from 1987 to 2002, Mayor Corrigan has championed, supported and led development of dozens of exemplary, innovative policies and programs that demonstrate the City of Burnaby’s ongoing commitment to sustainable development and make Burnaby a Canadian sustainable development leader.
Key achievements include:
- 25 per cent of City land preserved for park, conservation/green space – over 5,500 acres
- Explicitly incorporating environmental considerations as a strategic direction in the City’s Official Community Plan
- One of the first communities in the Province to adopt a State of the Environment Report and hire on-staff an Ecosystem Planner
- An extensive environmental community stewardship program
- $20.5M (including $10M from Province of British Columbia Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project to protect Burnaby Lake and its 400 plant, bird and fish species. The project removed 185,000 m3 of contaminated sediments, enhanced aquatic/wildlife habitat.
- LEED and/or green building standards for civic buildings
- Award-winning $6.8M Urban Trail projects
- First community to declare B.C./World Rivers Day
- Canada’s first Blue Community (awarded by the Canadian Union of Public Employees for water conservation and protection initiatives and policies)
- Comprehensive invasive plant management and habitat restoration strategy
- Award-winning sustainable remediation of chafer-affected lands
- Integrated stormwater management plans for City watersheds
- First Lower Mainland municipality to introduce used electronic goods collection/recycling
- Food Scraps Recycling Program to reduce residential-sector garbage
- High-density town centres on SkyTrain routes, reducing auto-dependence
- Pesticide Use Bylaw to prohibit cosmetic pesticide use
- Rain garden project to restore a paved area to natural state, including multi-use trail and daylighting of storm sewer system
- Award-winning $5.8M energy performance contract that reduced electricity use by four million kWh per year and natural gas use by 24,000 gigajoules per year in City facilities
- 2011 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Community Award (won in partnership with the Simon Fraser University Community Trust) for Integrated Neighbourhood Development
- Fraser Basin Council– Overall Sustainability Award, 2002.
- Municipal and regional champion for Livable Region Strategic Plan.
- Director of Sustainable Cities International.
- Presenter - II Annual Meeting of International Regions: Barcelona, Spain, (Creative Cities), 2009.
- Presenter – World Economic Forum, Dalian, China, 2009.
- Presenter – United Cities and Local Governments World Congress, Mexico City, Mexico, 2010. (Congress resulted in the greenhouse gas reduction initiative - Mexico City Pact.)
- Chair of Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee and the Sustainable Region Initiative 2011 – (Regional Growth Strategy: Metro Vancouver 2040 - Shaping our Future)
“I am honoured and delighted to be the recipient of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Champion Award – Individual,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “The City of Burnaby has long been a leader in municipal sustainability initiatives. I am proud of our city’s many achievements and I hope that we will serve as a model for other cities as we continue to focus on developing innovative environmental policies and initiatives.”