City wins award for brownfield site development guidelines

Canada-wide industry award recognizes Guelph’s submission as first among four finalists

Guelph, Ont., November 30, 2016—Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media Inc. awarded the City of Guelph with a 2016 Brownie Award in the Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives category at a gala dinner in Toronto last night.

“The City of Guelph is honoured to receive this Brownie Award for our brownfield site development guidelines,” said Terry Gayman, manager of Infrastructure, Development and Environmental Engineering. “We established these guidelines to support the redevelopment of properties suspected or known to have some environmental contamination, and we’re pleased that our work has been recognized by the industry experts who were part of the Brownie Awards judging panel.”

City of Guelph Guidelines for Development of Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Sites 2016The Brownie Awards program recognizes leadership, innovation and environmental sustainability in brownfields redevelopment across Canada. Prasoon Adhikari, environmental engineer, received the award on behalf of the City. The City previously won a Brownie Award in 2002 for its Brownfield Strategy.

The City developed the Guidelines for Development of Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Sites in 2015 to help developers restore the sites according to provincial and/or municipal regulations, current industry standards and best management practices. Draft guidelines were shared with the development community for feedback in early 2016. The guidelines were finalized and posted to the City’s website in July.

About the Brownie Awards

The 2016 Brownie Awards continue a long tradition of providing national recognition of the builders, innovators and visionaries who are dedicated to the rehabilitation of brownfield sites that dot cities and municipalities around the country. Founded in 2001 by the Canadian Urban Institute, the Brownie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of these professionals to turn around sites that were once contaminated, underutilized and undeveloped into productive residential and commercial projects that contribute to the growth of healthy communities across Canada.


For more information

Terry Gayman, Manager
Infrastructure, Development and Environmental Engineering
519-822-1260 extension 2369