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Mayor Announces Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards


June 13, 2008 - Mayor Lynn Peterson today launched the Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards. These new awards recognize businesses or organizations that are improving the physical environment and the quality of life in our city.

"By getting the people who live and work in Thunder Bay involved in Clean, Green & Beautiful, everyone will have a renewed sense of ownership and pride in our great city," said Mayor Lynn Peterson, Chair - Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee. "Together, we can grow and nurture a community that we can all be proud of."

Any Thunder Bay business, not-for profit or other organization with a building or renovation project that enriches the life of the community through public art, beautification, heritage and environmental greening are encouraged to submit a nomination. Projects must include elements from each of the Clean, Green & Beautiful categories.

Awards will be given in four different categories - Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the fall 2008.

Nomination Forms are available on the city website at www.thunderbay.ca/cgbandproudor at City Hall, 500 Donald St E, 2nd floor reception. Self nominations are encouraged. The deadline for nominations is 4:30 pm on Monday, July 21, 2008.

The Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards are a Strategic Initiative created by the Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee. This Committee evolved from the Mayor's Task Force on Civic Pride that was formed in 2005 to provide the leadership necessary to bring together business, industry and community leaders to find creative solutions for implementing beautification, public art, heritage and environmental greening initiatives to improve the City's appearance, and in doing so, enhancing civic pride for all residents.

In 2007, City Council endorsed a new Clean, Green and Beautiful Policy developed during more than a year of research, discussion and work. As a result of the Clean, Green & Beautiful Policy, new City infrastructure is planned and built using the "Diamond" standard, a new and innovative method for building beautiful. The Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards were created to recognize private sector organizations who are also participating in Clean, Green & Beautiful.

The Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee is working to identify opportunities for public art, beautification and greening and makes recommendations to Council on an annual Clean, Green & Beautiful Plan, reporting on the achievements in the year past and plans for the year to come.

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Contact: Mayor Lynn Peterson, 625-3601


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Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards 

Award Categories, Criteria and Recognition:
The four award levels are Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze. All winners will receive an invitation for two to the awards ceremony in the fall 2008.

Diamond Level

  • 3 elements from each category PLUS an additional element from the Beautiful category
  • receive a tree to be planted in a City park or boulevard with an honouring plaque,
  • a commemorative website button on the organization's website,
  • and a profile in YourCity*

Gold Level

  • 3 elements from each category
  • receive a plaque and,
  • a profile in YourCity*

Silver Level

  • 2 elements from each category
  • receive a profile in YourCity*.

Bronze Level

  • 1 element from each category
  • receive acknowledgement in YourCity

*YourCity is the City of Thunder Bay's newsletter to residents distributed with The Chronicle Journal.

Clean, Green & Beautiful Categories and Elements

Clean Category
Conserving Energy
Solid Waste Management
Sewage Treatment and Source Water Protection - Best Practice
Care and Maintenance of Public Space
Recycling and Reuse of Materials
Transit Improvements
Reducing Greenhouse Gas
Use of Alternative Energy

Green Category
Preservation of Natural Features
Intensification and Redevelopment
Planting Street Trees and Developing Urban Forests
Restoration of Natural Systems
Landscaping Continuous Parks and Open Space
Expanding Trail Network
Creating Pedestrian and Cycling Amenities
Protecting Biological Diversity
Protecting Ecological Integrity

Beautiful Category
Installation of Public Art
Creation of Civic Space
Conforms to Design Guidelines
Conserving Built Heritage
Celebrating Cultural Heritage
Preservation of Views
Creating Streetscapes
Innovative Architecture
Pedestrian Scale
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How to Apply:
Nomination Forms are available on the city website at
 www.thunderbay.ca/cgbandproudor at City Hall, 500 Donald St E, 2nd floor reception. Self nominations are encouraged.

Upon receipt of a Nomination Form, nominees will be contacted and a Nominee Submission Form sent to them.

The Nomination Submission must not exceed five - 8 x 11 pages, single-sided including art work or photos. Please review the criteria before completing and submitting the form.

The Nominee Submissions will be evaluated by a City Committee with the finalists invited to attend an award ceremony to announce the winners.

Please submit completed nomination forms to: 

City of Thunder Bay
Office of the Mayor
P.O. Box 800
Thunder Bay, ON  P7C 5K4
Nomination Form deadline is 4:30 pm on Monday, July 21, 2008.

Nominee Submission Form deadline is 4:30 pm on Monday, August 18, 2008.