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Summerland recognized with FCM award

The District of Summerland has been recognized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for their zoning bylaw review and update.

The winners of the 2012 Sustainable Communities Awards was unveiled last week recognizing municipal projects across Canada that demonstrate excellence in environmental responsibility.

"As FCM president, I have had the chance to travel to communities all across Canada and I can say that this year's award winners are in great company," said Berry Vrbanovic, president of FCM and councillor for the City of Kitchener, Ont. "The impressive range of examples of environmental leadership I have seen on the ground that municipalities are playing a key role in driving the emerging green economy."

FCM's Green Municipal Fund is the primary sponsor of the Sustainable Communities Awards and the federal government endowed $550 million to establish the fund.

"This year's award winners make a very strong case for the economic and social viability of sustainability," said Raymond Louie, chair of GMF council and councillor for the City of Vancouver. "They show that municipalities are leaders in achieving Canada's national environmental and economic objectives and are taking cost-effective actions to deliver real results."

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