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In order to recognize the many environmental champions of our corporation, the City of Edmonton has created the Charles Labatiuk Award for Environmental Excellence.

The 2019 ceremony was held on Thursday June 13 at City Hall.

2019 Showcase Nominations

Composting at Animal Care and Control Center

Trena MacGillivray

  • Trena MacGillivray

Trena started a composter at the Animal Care & Control Centre for staff to participate in composting and help reduce the waste for the Animal Care & Control Centre.

Trena had completed several hours of volunteering work (including participating at Arbour Day to teach students about grass cycling) and became a Master Composter Recycler in 2016. She has since shared her knowledge and passion about reducing her environmental impact with staff at the Animal Care & Control Centre and helped them do the same.

This June, the staff will be able to add the rich soil from the composter to the plants around the Animal Care & Control Center (or take come home for their gardens) to benefit from the nutrient rich material that their waste has now become.

Arena Energy Reduction REALice Technology Trial

Photo of: Kevin Bokenfohr, Michael Henighan, Ray Burgess, Barry Batke, Tim Harris, Garrett Watson, Jason Joly, Hassan Shahrukh

  • Kevin Bokenfohr, Michael Henighan, Ray Burgess, Barry Batke, Tim Harris, Garrett Watson, Jason Joly, Hassan Shahrukh

Operating and maintaining our community rinks is an energy intensive task. The project team developed a scientific, data-driven study to determine if the REALice Technology could reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions without compromising the quality of ice produced.

The team set up shop at the Callingwood Twin Arena and used one ice rink as a control for the current maintenance practices and another rink to test the new REALice technology.

Meters were installed and trackers measured the electricity draw from the ice plant dehumidifiers at both rinks. The amount of natural gas usage from the hot water system fill stations were measured and ice quality measurements were taken at 19 different ice surface locations. The ingenuity of the project was the development of a Measurement and Verification framework to collect robust, comparative data and track the potential environmental outcomes from the study.

Electric Bus Fleet

Photo of Electric Bus Fleet Team

  • Samuel Mathewm, Sally Andrichuk, Harold Hale, Amy Cheuk (Ch-Uck), Cindy Kieu (K-Yoo), Norman Hendry, Ryan Birch, Brad Gaiger, Anthony Lam, Ryan Federowich, Daryle Tilroe, Kurt Zills, Kenzie Vye, Paul Netzband, Garry Hurkens

Edmonton’s first electric buses arrive later this year, making Edmonton Transit Services one of the first transit services in Canada to add 25 electric buses to its fleet.

The buses have a range of 400 kilometers, are winter compatible, and are quiet! They are also 30% cheaper to service and maintain than current diesel buses. More importantly, they are a key element of the City’s plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and exemplifies continuous improvement and innovation. The electric buses are a significant shift toward a more sustainable transportation system, a low carbon city, and a high-quality transit service for Edmontonians.

Home Compost Programs Coordinator

Photo of Mark Stumpf-Allen

  • Mark Stumpf-Allen

Mark helps Edmontonians compost at home. He gets them started and he keeps them composting by solving any problems or concerns that arise. Home composting has grown in popularity and the City is piloting a new composting program. The number of inquiries about composting have significantly increased and Mark continues to share knowledge and provide helpful advice to Edmontonians, all with a smile.

Over the course of 10 years, he’s developed a suite of programs that are robust and integrated that help Edmontonians at all levels of composting.

Open Science and Open Data Program

Photo of Norman Mendoza and Chris Britton

  • Norman Mendoza and Chris Britton

To tackle some of the City’s toughest environmental challenges, we need to engage the best and brightest across the City and arm them with as much data as possible.

Open Science is a program that equips University of Alberta students with Open Data, so they can develop unique approaches to tackling challenges like improving resilience by promoting edible urban agriculture opportunities, identifying neighbourhood challenges by developing a neighbourhood sustainability rating, or using GIS data to develop new urban planning considerations.

This type of approach and program creates an environment of continuous improvement and innovation which can be applied to achieve environmental excellence.

SAP Ariba PaperLess Procurement Team

Photo of SAP Ariba Team

  • Roxanne Kits, Lilli Chevrier, Gaetan Demers, Pooja Paigwar, Harishankar Bhagavandas, Marvin Schmidt, Sanu Sasindranath, Edson Gano, Nancy St. Michel, and Linda Miller

Paperless procurement exemplifies environmental excellence as it creates an environment for new ideas, innovation and continual improvement.  Finding ways to make everyday processes greener has a significant impact on the City's environmental footprint. By transitioning the City’s procurement process to an electronic system, the SAP Ariba team has significantly helped reduce our paper consumption, which conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Installations Project

Photo of CHP Team

  • Shannon Fitzsimmons, Craig Marple, Trevor Jarvis, Steve Garner, Gary Miller, Johnny Mak, John Dizy, Yogi Subramonian, Michael Schneider, Rebecca Olotu, François Cousineau

The CHP Project aims to install building systems that use one source of fuel for heat and power, helping increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for a facility.

The CHP program was piloted at Terwillegar and Mill Woods Community Recreation Centres and will be online later this summer. Each CHP unit will reduce over 1300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, removing approximately 500 cars off the road.

By transferring energy requirements of large facilities from coal-generated electricity to natural gas energy. CHP installations allowed the City of Edmonton to pilot a technology that would reduce GHG emissions and lower our corporate carbon footprint. Reducing our corporate demand on the electrical grid and moving towards a sustainable future requires us to experiment and pilot different technologies and opportunities to continue leading the way for all Edmontonians.

Community Energy Transition Strategy Program Manager

Photo of Mike Mellross

  • Mike Mellross

Edmonton’s residential labeling program helps Edmontonians understand the energy performance of a home and obtain expert advice on how to make it more energy efficient and comfortable.

The program consists of a home evaluation that includes recommendations on upgrades and renovations and an EnerGuide label with a rating on the energy performance of the home. The labels are then shared on a map that allows owners and buyers to compare their property to other similar properties, giving them the confidence that “energy efficiency” is more than a sales pitch, that it can indeed be measured and made visible.

The EnerGuide Residential Labelling program helps residents and builders alike take meaningful steps towards climate action and reducing emissions. It is an inspirational program that targets market valuation for energy efficiency that is needed for transformative change.

Low Carbon Cities Canada - Project Manager

Photo of Robyn Webb

  • Robyn Webb

Canada cannot reach its climate targets without reducing emissions from its cities. Seven of Canada’s largest urban areas, representing 43% of the country’s population, and in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, came together to secure $183 million to help fight climate change in cities.

Though it is the greatest challenge of our generation, finding resources on a large scale to battle climate change is often challenging.

Robyn’s hard work on the Low Carbon Cities Canada initiative for the past year and a half has resulted in a significant achievement: helping secure $22 Million in endowment funding for Edmontonian environmental initiatives. This incredible contribution will impact our community for generations to come.

2019 Nominees

Project: Battery Powered Tools Initiative
Department: City Operations
Nominee: Brennan Link

Project: Concrete Slurry Vacuum System
Department: City Operations
Nominees: Dwight McKenzie & James Hawkes,Scott Vandusen & Craig Olinyk,  Cory Gardner & Stephan Pieterse, Caitlin Zerebeski

Project: Eco Station - Refrigeration Management Team
Department: City Operations
Nominees: Tony Colangelo and Ecostation Refrigeration Team

Project: Edmonton Industrial Symbiosis Program
Department: Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development
Nominees: Ken Mamczasz and Liam McClellan

Project: E-Services
Department: Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development
Nominees: Jason Doerksen, Lana Philips, Laura Shokal, Harkeet Chauhan, Scott Henophy, David Flanagan, Jeff Salame, Brent McMillan, Chad Rich, Linda Girard, Steve Goodwin, Gerry Wiles, Isabelle Bernier-Vachon, Marty Vasquez, Christian Lee, Samantha Buccino, Rachel Lee, Calvin Chan, Anlin Wen, Tegan Gregory, Amanda Brailey, David Hales, Mike Chong, Lyla Peter, Juan Monterrosa, Maria Stopainig, Mariana Anda, Billi-Jo White, Helga De Gucht, James Rugge-Price, Boris Vajsabel, Violetta Krupa, Tina Renschler, Ali Akadjal, Harminder Khurana, Steve Potter, Richard Christopherson

Project: Sustainability Scholars
Department: Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development
Nominees: Heather Wheeliker and Sustainability Mentors

Project: Environmental Friendly Office Champion
Department: City Operations
Nominees: Angela Alvarez

Project: Sustainable Custodial Products
Department: City Operations
Nominees: Robert Kuziw, Gus Settingiano, Joey Terjero, Susan Fujita, Girma Jimma, Aziz Latrache, Fatuma Osman, Barb Cieslik, Steve Dodd, Lilia Rodrigueq, Zoltan Krassay, Terry Dowler, Brenda Materi

Project: The Art of Waste
Department: City Operations
Nominee: Leanne Olson

Project: Carbon Reduction - Flooring Replacements
Department: City Operations
Nominees: Sal Camminatore & CA5 Group FMS

Project: Go Paperless Play Spaces
Department: City Operations
Nominees: Cheryl Fereday, Brennan Link, Mark Syrotiuk, Mike Nicholson, Romeo Zoldan, CJ Saulnier, Darren Carlson, Jan Ziska, Roland Provost, Ryan Bevans, Stephen Delaney

Project: Residential Catch Basin Spill Prevention
Department: City Operations
Nominees: Nazz Pisani & Joe Guido, Shaun bullock, Frank Pucci, Mike Guzzo, Ray Umrysh, Kannen Daye, Emmanuel Bumba, Mounir Salame

Project: Environmental Friendly Office Champion
Department: City Operations
Nominee: Angela Alvarez

Project: Pesticide Audit Response Team
Department: Citizen Services, City Operations
Nominees: David Aitken, Melissa Brown, Qiting Chen, Chrystal Coleman, Valerie Dacyk, Anna DeChamplain, Michael Duerr, Ron Gabruck, Trina Griep, Mike Jenkins, Sherrill Johnson, Catherine Kuehne, Tanya Laughren, Kathryn Lennon, Rhonda Norman, Laura Shewchuk, Brian Simpson, Janet Tecklenborg.

Project: Climate Change Open Data 
Department: Financial and Corporate Services
Nominees: Scott Hardy, Joyce Yee, Bill Njarheim, Sartaj Sandhu


Read about our previous winners and Charles Labatiuk.

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