Sustainable City Awards

The City of North Vancouver's Community Vision is to be a vibrant, diverse and highly livable community that strives to balance the social, economic and environmental needs of our community locally. Achieving this vision involves taking an integrated approach to projects, programs and initiatives - one that considers and responds to the social, economic and environmental implications of actions.

"The Sustainable City Award" is a signature award which will highlight and acknowledge outstanding projects and initiatives that exhibit excellence in the integration of sustainability principles.

Purpose of the Award

  • Annual awards to promote and encourage an integrated approach to sustainability, which is the basis of the City's Official Community Plan;
  • To give recognition to developments, projects and community initiatives which display innovative leadership in integrating aspects of sustainability (economic, environmental, social); and,
  • To recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals, community groups, organizations and businesses that are helping to make the City of North Vancouver a more sustainable and liveable community.

Sustainable City Award Categories

The award(s) will be selected from one of the following categories:

  1. Community - individual or non-profit organization;
  2. Business - development project, business, corporation.

Zero, one or more awards will be made on an annual basis for outstanding illustration of sustainability principles.

All completed submissions received by the deadline will be reviewed by the Advisory Planning Commission.

The winner(s) will be presented with an award by Council and the Advisory Planning Commission at a regular City Council meeting.

Deadline for submissions: TBD


2017 Recipients


City Sustainability Award Winner 2017 Passive House 418 E10thThe Passive House | 418 East 10th Street

The first building of its kind in the City, this single family home was constructed by the Econ Group, a local developer specializing in energy efficient design. The term “Passive House” refers to a building that uses an exceptional level of insulation and heat recovery in the design.

The Award was presented to the home owners Jerome Valdez and Lynn Frazer and Marcel Studer, Principal at Econ Group

Social benefits: The Passive House is designed with health in mind with an air filtration system and layout designed to accommodate multiple generations living together under one roof.

Economic benefits: While there is a cost premium compared with typical construction to build the more effectively insulated envelope a Passive House requires, there are also savings as no furnace is required. The anticipated long-term energy cost saving for this project is 90% over conventional home heating. Building finishes used in this project were also purposely economical to reduce the overall cost.

Environmental benefits: The annual energy required for the Passive House is about 15 kWh/m2 as compared to 160 for the average house in the region. The greenhouse gas emissions associated with heating the building have therefore been reduced by approximately 90%.


The HOpe Centre | 1337 St. Andrews Avenue

The HOpe Centre is a state of the art mental health and addictions services building. Not only does this facility bring together a wide range of related programs and community resources under one roof but it includes a medical education centre and a patient-operated coffee shop.

City Sustainability Award Winner 2017 HOpeCentreThe Award was presented to Don Mah, representative of Vancouver Coastal Health and Tony Gill, representative of IBI Group.

Social benefits: By bringing together a variety of mental health programs under one roof this project provides access to services and information in one central, easy to access location. A patient-operated coffee shop located provides opportunities for the employment of patients and for social interaction. The building also includes the Djavad Mowafaghian UBC Medical Education Centre, focussed on the design and implementation of community-based mental health programs.

Economic benefits: This project produces a number of economic benefits including additional jobs associated with the expanded facility and the patient-operated coffee shop.

Environmental benefits: The facility has been constructed to a very high energy efficiency standard with LEED Gold certification and connection to the City’s district energy utility, the Lonsdale Energy Corporation. The building is also notable for its prominent use of natural materials in the design including a significant amount of natural wood.


Previous Recipients


Friday Night Market at the Shipyards (2013)

The Friday Night Market provides a local community-focussed, tourist-friendly evening event showcasing Canadian made products, unique foods, art and local entertainment in an environmentally conscious manner. Put on by North Shore Green Markets, run by Ingrid Doerr, this event has been an increasing success year after year. Ms. Doerr was on hand to receive the 2013 Sustainable City Award from Mayor Mussatto and Councillors Linda Buchanan and Don Bell.


Loutet Farm Urban Agriculture Project (2012)

Loutet Farm is an innovative partnership that exemplifies all of the attributes of sustainability, community building and healthy communities. As a working urban farm, Loutet Farm grows healthy local food with a low carbon footprint while providing educational opportunities and a social meeting place.

Contact Info

Planning Department
Phone: 604-983-7357

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