Pickering, ON, November 13, 2013 – The City of Pickering’s
Sustainable Neighbourhoods program won ‘Best use of creativity to advance
social and environmental sustainability’ at the third annual Durham Art of
Transition Creative Awards ceremony held last Friday.
The Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards recognizes the importance
of arts and culture, innovation, and creative leaders who are making a
difference in their community. Launched earlier in the year, the
City’s Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhoods Program is an innovative, and now
award-winning, community engagement effort that encourages neighbourhood groups
to complete sustainable activities within their community.
Through this program, the City has seen neighbours unite for the greater
good of the community, committing their time to projects and activities that
contribute to a healthy environment, economy, and society, overall furthering
Pickering's journey to becoming a more sustainable City.
“I am thrilled that the Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhoods Program
won an award for its creative approach to fostering community engagement and
sustainability,” said Councillor Doug Dickerson, Chair of the Sustainable
Pickering Advisory Committee. “Neighbourhood groups have committed to a number
of initiatives ranging from local food and urban gardening to tree planting and
community beautification projects. I am proud and excited to have their efforts
recognized by the greater community.”
The Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhoods program wraps up at the end
of November, with a celebration event to follow in the New Year to recognize
the group successes, and select a winning neighbourhood project.
The City of Pickering is a recognized national leader in sustainability
having previously won the FCM-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Planning
Award. Please visit pickering.ca/sustainability for more information on