2005 Infraguide National Award of Excellence
The National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure (InfraGuide) announced that the City of Hamilton has been named the 2005 recipient of the InfraGuide National Award of Excellence. The Award recognizes leadership and innovation in municipal infrastructure management that embraces InfraGuide's Principles and Guidelines for Sustainability.
Since the late 1990’s, the City of Hamilton has been proactive in the development of asset management practices and has developed a reputation across Canada and the United States as one of the leading municipalities in the field. In December 2004, the Capital Planning and Implementation Division of the Public Works Department decided to develop a comprehensive State of the Infrastructure Report as well as a State of the Infrastructure Report Card for summary and communication purposes.
The State of the Infrastructure Report is primarily configured on the basis of numerous Best Practices developed by InfraGuide, and includes all major components representative of most major public works assets found in communities across Canada. It lays out the basis for more detailed asset management plans in the future based on service levels and life-cycle analysis. The State of the Environment Report Card is a one-page, easy-to-understand document that will assist the public in understanding infrastructure issues, including condition and performance, need versus capacity, and funding versus need. The tools and thought processes developed through this project can be easily replicated in other municipalities, and for all types of assets even with different life-cycles.
“With the implementation of best practices by the National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure, and the seven (7) essential elements identified in the Municipal Infrastructure Asset Management Best Practices, the State of the Infrastructure Report will be used to identify current management practices, as the City of Hamilton continues to pursue the goal of sustainable asset management,” said Mayor Larry Di Ianni.
The Award will be presented on February 4, 2006 at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Conference. For more information on the National Award and InfraGuide, please visit www.infraguide.ca.
2003 FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards
Honourable mention: City of Hamilton, Ontario
The FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards, launched in January 2000, recognize excellence in municipal service delivery that contributes to a sustainable future. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) supports sustainable community development through the Green Municipal Funds and services in climate protection, affordable housing, and environmental policy development provided by its Centre for Sustainable Community Development. CH2M HILL is committed to developing innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to serve the needs of communities worldwide.
The City of Hamilton received an honourable mention in the Renewable Energy category for the development of Hamilton Community Energy's heat and power plant and district heating system to produce electricity for buildings located in Hamilton’s downtown core.
2000 Dubai International Award for Best Practices
"Creating a Sustainable Community: Hamilton- Wentworth's VISION 2020" and "The Hamilton-Wentworth Air Quality Initiative"
UNCHS (Habitat) received over 770 submissions from more than 110 countries for evaluation and for consideration for the 2000 Dubai International Award for Best Practices. The selection of the final candidates were based on three criteria: a tangible impact on living conditions, partnerships between two or more stakeholders, and sustainability in terms of lasting changes in policies, management practices, attitudes and in inspiring action and change. An independent international jury selected ten initiatives for the award from a shortlist of 40 submissions of equal merit. The ten initiatives, including ours, were judged to be "Best Practices Award Winners in improving the living environment." the ceremony to be held, in principle, in Dubai on the occasion of the World Habitat Day on 2nd October 2000.
Local Initiatives Award for Governance in Sustainable Development – June 2000
This award was granted for the processes of developing the VISION in 1992 and the renewal of the VISION and Strategies in 1997/98. The Local Initiatives Awards were established to give international recognition to outstanding environmental performance by local governments working in cooperation with other community partners. The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and Saitama Prefectural Government in Japan jointly developed these new Awards. The co-operating partners are the Division for Sustainable Development - UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Earth Council.
United Nations Commission on Human Settlements, Global Best Practices 100 List :
"Signposts on the Trail to VISION 2020: Hamilton-Wentworth Sustainability", 1998
Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Central Division, Excellence in Planning Awards :
"Sustainable Community Indicators Project -- Signposts on the Trail to VISION 2020", 1998
Local Agenda 21 Model Community, 1993 to 1997 :
One of 21 communities that was identified as an excellent case study in planning for sustainable development
One of forty best practice communities :
Selected from 400 submissions for profile at the United Nations Habitat II Conference in Turkey, June, 1996
One of 19 communities :
Profiled by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, April, 1995
OTHER DESIGNATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS
Local Agenda Charters Agreement with Porto Alegre Brazil ( 2000 )
As Charters partners we share technical expertise and information on our experiences with VISION 202 and the Indicators Program. Porto Alegre will be visiting Hamilton to share their expertise on their Participatory Budget System.
In 1998, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) began the Cities21 pilot project. This project used performance indicators related to governance, climate change and freshwater management to determine the role of local governments making changes in sustainability issues. Hamilton-Wentworth was one of 30 cities that participated in this project by submitting comments on the indicators chosen in each of the three theme areas, and then providing background data for our municipality.
FCM Environmental Indicator for Quality of Life Indicators
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities ( FCM ) published a Quality of Life Reporting System in May 1999, which was meant to provide a set of nationally consistent data of several local indicators. Hamilton-Wentworth, along with 15 other cities, was included in the report and provided data on a variety of quality of life indicators. In late 1999, FCM began the development of a set of environmental measures to be included in the Quality of Life Reporting System. Hamilton-Wentworth has taken a leadership role in the first phases of this project, and has worked to help determine possible measures for inclusion in the next report.