Clean Energy BC has selected the City of Surrey as this year’s winner of its Environmental Stewardship and Community Improvement Award.

This award recognizes exceptional accomplishments on the part of individuals or companies in contributing to environmental stewardship, sustainable development and community improvement. This includes, design of facilities to minimize environmental impact, design of environmental or community programs, as well as involvement and promotion of communities.

“The City of Surrey is implementing new projects and strategies around waste reduction, sustainable development, ecosystem management, and energy conservation in order to encourage environmental stewardship in our community,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

The City of Surrey has launched a number of new sustainability initiatives, including:

• Creating a new District Energy (DE) Utility and City Centre DE system
• Implementing a new waste collection program which diverts waste from the landfill by collecting organics separately from garbage
• Introducing a fleet of 100 per cent Compressed Natural Gas waste collection trucks
• Diversifying the fleet with hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, electric, and compressed natural gas vehicles
• Building alternative fuel infrastructure
• Creating a new by-law that requires all new gas stations to include alternative vehicle fuel sources such as electricity, compressed natural gas, hydrogen or propane
• Building an organics biofuel facility
• Implementing new cycling and walking Plans
• Developing a new innovative agricultural strategy to enhance local food security
• Developing the new Corporate Emissions Action Plan and target to reduce emissions by 20 per cent by 2020
• Creating a Sustainability Dashboard, with interactive maps and targets to monitor progress
• Creating a Community Energy and Emissions Plan, and Climate Adaptation Strategy