Documents: Communities in Bloom:

More Successes for Canadian Communities in

The LivCom Awards
by Julie Despatie
December 5, 2004

The Final of the eighth International Awards for Liveable Communities, The LivCom Awards, held from 14th to 18th October in Niagara, Canada, saw a continuation of the trend of the Awards expanding each year with communities from Poland, Puerto Rico, Latvia, Lithuania, Tunisia and Austria participating in the Finals for the first time.

LivCom took another step forward this year with the piloting of the LivCom Awards for Environmentally Sustainable Projects. Major Projects have a distinct effect on their immediate environment and, where there are a number of such Projects under development within a community, collectively they have a significant effect on the environment of the total community. For this reason the Projects Awards were introduced, with Judging Criteria very similar to those applicable to the main Community Awards. The longer term strategy of this development is that if Developers and Community Managers can be encouraged to have a similar outlook regarding environmental issues, then there will be a more cohesive harmony in the development of a community that is experiencing major development projects.

This year produced a range of Projects that included major Housing Developments, Golf Courses, Natural Trails and a fifty-year Project, The Saint Michel Environmental Complex in Montreal Canada, which was awarded the LivCom Special Award for the ambitious totality of the Project. There were joint winners of the Natural (landscape) Projects, coincidentally but not significantly, both being golf courses. The largest course a 180-hole complex at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, and the more modest Growling Frog Golf Course at Whittlesea, Australia. Both Projects demonstrated wide-ranging environmental considerations, albeit from quite different perspectives.

The main Community Awards produced a number of outstanding approaches to many traditional challenges, demonstrating the advances being made in International Best Practice. Notable Award Winning Communities included Annapolis Royal, Canada, Qian Dao Hu, China, and two excellent Presentations, producing the first ever Category Winners from Germany, from Stadt Munster and Rhein-Hunsruck-Kreis. Other Awards winners from Canada were Port Moody and the City of Waterloo, both achieving third place in their category. Gimli was awarded a Bronze Award in the Community Section and a Gold Award in the Project Section.

The LivCom Awards, endorsed by the United Nations Environment programme and Ifpra, are firmly established as the premier environmental/quality of life Awards, and the only global stage on which International Best Practice is demonstrated, developed and shared. With the expectation that those responsible for the management and development of the community, both small and large, remain aware of international Best Practice, participation in the LivCom Awards becomes increasingly relevant and provides an important learning experience. Participation in the LivCom Awards is an investment in the quality of life within a community and can produce positive rewards for many years.

Julie Despatie
Program & Event Coordinator, WinterLights Celebrations
Event Coordinator, Communities in Bloom
Tel: 514-694-8871 ext. 222
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