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June 4, 2019, 10:02 am

City of Richmond Wins National Municipal Environment Award

City of Richmond

RICHMOND - The City of Richmond, BC has received national recognition for its District Energy Implementation Program from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).  The City was presented with the 2019 CAMA Environment Award, in the Over 100,000 population category, during CAMA’s national conference in Quebec, QC.  

“CAMA is pleased to recognize the excellent effort and best practice being demonstrated by Richmond with their energy implementation program,” said Marc Landry, president of CAMA and City Manager for Moncton, NB.  “This is an effective tool for reducing community greenhouse gas emissions.”
“Richmond has long been recognized as an international leader in energy conservation,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Through a variety of initiatives, including our district energy program, we’ve reduced community greenhouse gas emissions by 12 per cent since 2007, even as our city grew by a similar 12 per cent in population. This award further recognizes our commitment to being a sustainable community and helps provide an example for how municipal governments can work to mitigate the effects of global climate change at a local level.”

The City of Richmond saw the benefits of district energy in meeting sustainability goals within its Community Energy & Emissions Plan and implemented three district energy utilities (DEU):  the multi-award winning Alexandra DEU (ADEU), the Oval Village DEU (OVDEU) which services the waterfront community around the world renowned Richmond Olympic Oval, and City Centre DEU (CCDEU). 

Combined, these utilities have the potential to be the largest city-owned district energy system in North America. The City also incorporated a wholly-owned corporation, Lulu Island Energy Company, to manage these initiatives, which include an innovative public-private partnership to provide district energy services.

Using geoexchange technology, ADEU provides 100 per cent low-carbon energy for space heating/cooling and domestic hot water to over 1,678,000 square feet (SF) of residential and commercial space, and emergency services. OVDEU, with over 1,890,000 SF connected, will transition to use a sewer heat recovery system as its anchor low-carbon energy source. CCDEU, currently under construction, will utilize low-carbon air source heat pumps to service over 4,800,000 SF of development.

These measures optimize sharing of low-carbon energy capacity and maximize GHG reduction.

“We are extremely pleased with the quality and scope of the 35 award submissions received for this year’s CAMA Awards of Excellence,” said Louis Coutinho, Chair for the 2019 CAMA Awards Jury, CAMA representative for Nova Scotia & PEI, and Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Windsor, NS.  “Congratulations to the winners and all those who took the time to enter a submission.”

CAMA’s Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change.  Awards are granted to programs, projects or services that have made a significant and positive impact on the environment. Since Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities under 20,000, for those between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those over 100,000. 

About CAMA:
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) is a national, non-profit association open to all Chief Administrative Officers / City Managers and any person employed in a senior management position that reports directly to a CAO.  With a membership of over 650 senior municipal employees, from all parts of Canada, CAMA collectively represents more than 80% of the nation’s population.

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