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2016-10-31 - Charlottetown Wins National Communities in Bloom Award

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, October 29, 2016 — The City of Charlottetown is the winner of the Class of Champions (Medium) category. They received a 5 Blooms Silver rating and a special mention for Working Together during the 2016 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Regina, SK. The City of Charlottetown competed against Beaumont AB, Castlegar BC & Trail BC.
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 Lorna McIlroy and Mauro Franco Paradisi wrote: "The beautiful, historic and environmentally advanced City of Charlottetown could not flourish as it does without the exceptional ‘Working Together’ of administration, staff, businesses, institutions and residents as they build on their Communities in Bloom successes. City departments meet frequently and work together on many projects.  An admirable relationship exists between the city and the university which includes a heat-sharing initiative. The city partners with local watershed groups to protect and restore sensitive areas.  Eleven community sustainability micro-grant programs were granted this year, allowing individuals and groups to follow their dreams to build a better community. Local businesses contribute by creating the 75 spectacular Corner Gardens that beautify the downtown scene. This extensive community involvement increases civic pride, improves the quality of life for residents and provides an award winning tourist destination."
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 our website at www.communitiesinbloom.ca for a complete list of the results along with an electronic copy of the 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
Communities are evaluated using a "bloom" rating determined by the total score of the evaluation:

0 to 55% = 1 Bloom    56 to 63% = 2 Blooms   64 to 72% = 3 Blooms 
73 to 81% = 4 Blooms   82% and over = 5 Blooms
There are four (4) levels of 5 Blooms exclusive to the
National and International Edition:

5 Blooms: 82 to 83.9%    Bronze: 84 to 86.9%    Silver: 87 to 89.9%     Gold: 90% and over
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