Member Statement (27 May 2005)

Member Statement

From Hansard - 27 May 2005

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Craik Sustainable Living Project Wins National Award
Mr. Stewart: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Recently the Craik sustainable living project won a Federation of Canadian Municipalities and CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award for excellence and innovation in municipal service delivery that has advanced sustainable community development. The town is one of 14 winners of the 2005 Sustainable Community Awards for their Eco-centre.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities received 57 submissions from its municipal members across Canada, and the Craik sustainable living project has been recognized for its leadership and sustainable community planning and citizen engagement.

From its recycled timber posts and beams and straw bale walls to its passive solar and geothermal heating system, Craiks Eco-centre is a model of sustainability. The facility has environmental education and general meeting areas and will generate its own revenue. The building features a rainwater capture system, composting toilets, environmentally friendly interior finishing techniques, and a host of other environment friendly practices. It will also form an integral part of Craiks eco-project which involves the construction of about a dozen energy-efficient homes built next to the Eco-centre.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and CH2M HILL Canada established the awards in 2000 to recognize and celebrate municipal leadership in championing sustainable community development and promoting best practices in addressing environmental issues in municipal operations. Winning projects also demonstrate the economic and social benefits of sustainability. Congratulations, Craik.

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