Capital Regional District Receives FCM Sustainable Community Award

Feb 20, 2013

Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the proud recipient of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Community Award in the energy category. The CRD was honoured in recognition of the Saanich Peninsula Thermal Energy Recovery pilot project, which was born through a shared vision of resource recovery for the region.

“The pilot was made possible through financial support from the Gas Tax Agreement Innovations Fund,” said CRD Chief Administrative Officer Robert Lapham. “We are delighted to have been recognized with this award and are glad to have the opportunity to be part of the solution with methods to recover and reuse energy.”

The Saanich Peninsula Thermal Energy Recovery system captures thermal energy from wastewater effluent to provide hot water and space heating using heat recovery technology. The recovered heat energy is currently being used to supplement heating requirements for the Panorama Recreation Centre pool. Since commissioning, the system has saved the district over $60,000 in operating costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 800 tonnes. Ongoing optimization of the system will achieve further savings for the district.

“The lessons learned from the pilot will provide an invaluable guide for implementing future energy recovery systems in the Capital Region,” said Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager Environmental Sustainability. “This pilot project has served as a catalyst for the CRD to investigate and plan for four more district energy systems that would use renewable energy generated from the region’s sewer and water conveyance systems.”

The project would not have been possible without the support of the Peninsula Recreation Commission, Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Commission and CRD employees, including engineers and staff at the Panorama Recreation Centre and the Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The CRD was presented with the award at the 2013 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards in Windsor, Ontario on February 13.

Established in 2000, FCM Sustainable Community Awards are open to all municipal governments and their private-sector partners. The awards recognize innovation and excellence in municipal sustainable development across Canada in six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water.

For more information, visit the CRD website.

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For further information, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492