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City of Campbell River wins big for environmental initiatives

The City of Campbell River is receiving praise for its latest environmental project.

It’s been given a 2020 Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for its Rising Seas project.

The accolade celebrates the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities across the country. 

 “This work has put Campbell River among the leaders working to plan for sea-level rise and the anticipated effects on our community,” says Mayor Andy Adams.

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“We do our best to share local solutions to inspire other municipalities to meet climate change goals. These awards demonstrate how local governments connect local needs and local solutions.”

Campbell River Rising Seas is a multi-year planning initiative that involved modelling the effects of sea-level rise along the community’s shoreline and estuary waterfront. 

Work to date has included several opportunities for public involvement to determine how best to address community needs as we adapt to climate change. 

Campbell River is one of the eleven municipalities from across Canada chosen by FCM for their outstanding efforts in one of nine categories, including asset management, brownfields, climate change, energy, neighbourhoods, transportation, waste, water and a new category in honour of Green Municipal Fund’s 20th anniversary.

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Winners will deliver a live, TED-talk-style presentation on their projects at FCM’s virtual Sustainable Communities Conference, set for October 20th to 22nd.

Recipients in each category are also eligible for the Inspire Award, given to the most creative and innovative project following the conference.

The Sustainable Communities Awards is an initiative of FCM’s Green Municipal Fund, a $1 billion program, delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

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