City brimming with awards

The City of Richmond has been busy accepting awards this week.

On Tuesday, according to a news release, the city received first place in the national Culture Days Marketing Award for helping to recruit and promote local artists during the nationwide event.

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In its size category, Richmond ranked as the best city in terms of total number of registered Culture Days activities; all in all the city provided 90 free events in September 2013 with an estimated 5,000 people attending. In fact, only Toronto and Winnipeg had more events, according to the release. You can visit for a list of activities in Richmond this September, such as behind-the-scene tours of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

This week, city staff also received the 2014 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Award for Professional Development in the over 100,000 population category. The award was granted to Richmond for the work administrators have done fast tracking professional development as well as its overall organizational strength.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, for her work with the city in rolling out the Green Cart program in 2013, communications consultant Therese Mickelson won the Award of Excellence at the BC Bronze Quill Awards, which recognizes communicators who have demonstrated excellence in strategic communication planning and execution.

“It was a major undertaking that required a lot of community outreach and engagement,” said spokesperson Ted Townsend.

Last, but not least, on Monday the city took home a national Energy Globe Award for the Alexandra District Energy Utility. The award distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources. The ADEU uses geothermal and recycled energy to heat and cool condos in the neighbourhood.

The city plans to amalgamate ADEU and other future geothermal energy ventures into the city owned and operated Lulu Island Energy Company, which will set energy rates for condos in the City Centre area.

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