Low-Temperature District Energy System Wins CAMA Award

June 14, 2009

The Whistler Athletes Village Low-Temperature District Energy-Sharing System, which was designed by KWL and DEC Design, won the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) 2009 Environmental Award.


Low-Temperature District Energy System Wins CAMA Award

Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Presents National Awards of Excellence


Whistler, BC (June 3, 2009) – A unique community energy system, a screening process that ensures sustainable development, a greening strategy decision-making template, a heating / cooling system using wastewater heat, and a fully-integrated municipal planning process are among innovative municipal projects that earned national recognition this week when the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) presented five Canadian municipalities with awards of excellence.  The awards ceremony took place during the Association’s annual conference held in Whistler, BC from June 1-3.

“CAMA is pleased to recognize the administrative excellence demonstrated by these five municipalities,” said Owen Tobert, President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, CAMA board representative for Alberta and Northwest Territories and City Manager for the City of Calgary, AB. “The initiatives undertaken by these communities can make a difference in communities across the country.”

    Projects and municipalities recognized with awards included:
  • The City of Vancouver, BC:  The 2009 Willis Award for Innovation (Populations over 20,000) for Vancouver’s work with the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility.
  • The Town of Canmore, AB:  A Willis Award for Innovation (Populations under 20,000) for its Sustainability Screening Report.
  • The Regional Municipality of York, Newmarket, ON:  The 2009 CAMA Environmental Award (Populations over 20,000) for its York Region Greening Strategy.                 
  • The Resort Municipality of Whistler, BC:  The 2009 Environmental Award (Populations under 20,000) for its Low-Temperature District Energy-Sharing System.
  • District of Maple Ridge, BC: The CAMA Education Award (Populations over 20,000) for its Business Planning Process.                 

“We received a total of 28 submissions from across Canada,” said Jim Toye, Chair of CAMA’s Awards Committee, CAMA board representative for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut and the City Manager for North Battleford, SK.  “The selection process is always difficult.  Year after year these awards attract an amazing calibre of submissions.”


About CAMA:

A Canada-wide network and the national voice of senior municipal administrators, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) strives to nurture and build municipal administrative excellence by providing its more than 400 members with knowledge sharing and learning opportunities, access to best practices, and valued input into policies and programs aimed at ensuring healthy and thriving communities across Canada.