Is your business or organization improving the physical environment and the quality of life in Thunder Bay? If so, we want to celebrate your efforts with the Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards!

Started in 2008, the Awards recognize building and renovation projects that enrich the community through public art, beautification, heritage and environmental greening. Together, we can grow and nurture a community that makes all of us proud.

Read about the past award winners.

Nominate a project

Eligible projects, completed in the last two years, must include elements from the categories of Clean, Green & Beautiful. The four award levels are Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

How to apply

Nomination Forms are available online or at City Hall, 500 Donald St E, 2nd floor reception. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The Awards Selection Committee will evaluate all nominations, follow-up with each nominee to complete the Project Description Form and complete a tour of the project.

Winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony with City Council to announce the winners during Civic Pride Month.

Forms and information

Nominations are not available at this time. Please check back.

Please send completed nomination forms to:

City of Thunder Bay
Corporate Communications - Corporate Strategic Services
P.O. Box 800, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5K4


Any Thunder Bay business, not-for profit or other organization with a building or renovation project or public space project that enriches the life of the community through public art, beautification, heritage and environmental greening. Projects must demonstrate elements from each of the Clean, Green & Beautiful categories. Projects must have been completed within the last two years.

Award levels and recognition

The four award levels are Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze. To achieve a Diamond Level Award, the project must include public art. All winners will receive an invitation for the Spring Awards Ceremony during Civic Pride Month in April. Videos profiling the winning projects are also produced.

Clean criteria and elements (lifestyle/culture)

Projects are ranked based on the following criteria and elements:

  • Alternative/active transportation: Access to public transportation, use of bike racks, design for alternative transportation (electric cars, compact cars, bicycles or transit), and encouraging physical activity or healthy lifestyle
  • Public amenities: Enhanced public access through landscape features, pathways, trails, gathering spaces, benches, fountains, accessibility to sidewalks, pathways and thoroughfares
  • Recycling: Recycling programs during construction and when building is in use, continued use of recycled and recyclable products, composting and use of non-disposable products
  • Conservation/preservation: Reuse or adaption of existing buildings, materials or landscapes, the preservation of built heritage or cultural heritage, re-purposing

Green criteria and elements (energy/environment)

Projects are ranked based on the following criteria and elements:

  • Energy efficiency and alternative energy strategies: Reduced dependency on use of energy, energy-saving heating and air-conditioning, plumbing, lighting, appliances, and improved thermal comfort by exceeding standard codes for insulation and construction strategies. Incorporating alternative means of energy (active and passive solar, wind, methane gas, cogeneration, wood and central supply heating). Must demonstrate it exceeds minimum energy requirements under the Ontario Building Code
  • Urban forest: Addition of trees along property lines/public boulevards to contribute to the urban forest, demonstrated landscaping
  • Stormwater management: Advanced strategies for "Low-Impact Design" for stormwater management, retention, collection of rain water for use as irrigation (roof and/or parking lot rain water run-off), permeable surfaces (hard and soft surfaces)
  • Materials/process: Use of building materials containing recycled content, products with low volatile chemicals (VOC), rapidly renewable material (wood), materials with "low embodied energy", green facility maintenance, locally sourced green products
  • Daylighting: Incorporating design strategies specific for maximizing natural daylight and improved views for building occupants

Beautiful criteria and elements (emotional/aesthetic/social)

Projects are ranked based on the following criteria and elements:

  • Public art: Integrating original public art into buildings or landscapes through newly commissioned works - intended to be experienced by the public through placement in publicly accessible areas. Includes public art competitions or public art allowances in project budgets
  • Creative design: Innovative and creative design to enhance the human experience - evoking a positive response. Includes building facades, building enhancements, creative and holistic landscape design, and other creative innovation
  • Site enhancement/improvement: Development of the site to enhance or improve the physical and visual quality, preservation of natural and existing features, integration of a building and site
  • Education: Creating ongoing public and occupant awareness of green strategies, interpretive displays, training and maintaining awareness
  • Stewardship: Demonstrating stewardship and support of enhancing the built and natural environment, quality of life, leadership in registering with a "green rating system" (LEED, Green Globes, Forest Steward Council, Greenguard, Floorscore, Greenlabel, Green Seal, BREEAM, Living Builidng Challenge, etc). Demonstration of stewardship should come from the building owner, not a consultant or other outside influence

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