The City of Charlottetown received 5 Blooms - Silver and a special mention for Business and Institutions' Involvement during the 2015 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, BC. Charlottetown also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the CN Urban Forestry Award. The City of Charlottetown participated in the Class of Champions (Large) category along with Leduc AB, Westmount QC and Wood Buffalo AB.
Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – in regards to the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Gaétan Deschênes and Steve Preston wrote: "There are a variety of reasons why Charlottetown is a Championship City: the support of Mayor and Council, staff with the involvement of all volunteers is invaluable. In addition to this level of engagement, the City’s business and institutions have demonstrated that they are an equal partner in its success as they contributed in all facets of criteria. It is quite evident that the whole community is aware of the value of the program and wished to contribute in its own way. The community initiatives are models to follow such as the use of abandoned wells as a source of water for its numerous floral displays, participation in the rain barrel program and the planting of trees to offset paper use consumption".
Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.
Please visit the website at www.communitiesinbloom.ca for a complete list of the results along with an electronic copy of our latest magazine.
About Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.
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