August 6, 2007

Nominations invited for 2007 Brownie Awards

In other brownfield-related activties, the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is inviting nominations for its annual Brownie Awards for 2007. The Institute's award selection committee will announce short-listed projects, programs and individuals at the end of September. The winners will be announced and the awards presented at a ceremony to be held during Canadian Brownfields 2007 conference, "Partners in Sustainable City Building," which will take place in Montreal October 18 and 19, 2007.

Sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Brownie Awards recognize leadership, innovation and environmental sustainability in brownfields redevelopment across Canada. The annual awards are presented in six categories: policy and program development; implementation and process; sustainable design and technological innovation on a brownfield site; financing, risk management and partnerships; heritage/adaptive re-use; individual achievement; and communications, marketing and public engagement. All projects and programs in these categories also qualify as candidates in the best small/medium-scale project, best large-scale project and best overall project categories.

The CUI has revised its application process and schedule to accommodate more projects and prospective entrants who were unable to meet the original deadlines. While nominations already received in the first step will be processed in the normal way, any forthcoming nominations should follow Step Two of the process, completing a 500-word summary of how the project or program meets the criteria for the relevant category. The deadline for complete nominations is September 10, 2007. Those selected as finalists will be asked to prepare a presentation board for display at the conference and a version of the graphics for use in a PowerPoint presentation.

More information is available from Linda Varekamp, c/o CUI Brownie Awards Selection Committee, 416/365-0816, ext 221, Email:, Web site

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