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City, district earn global eco kudos
The Richmond School District and City of Richmond were recognized for the eco-conscious initiatives they’ve implemented at the World Eco-Safety Assembly in Cambodia early last month.
The City of Richmond was one of only three cities to be designated an International Eco-Safety Demonstrative City.
School trustee Chak Au, who accepted the award at the request of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, delivered a presentation on ecological crisis and international cooperation in early warning systems during the assembly, held from Dec. 2 to 4 in Phnom Penh.
“The directors of IESCO have been watching Richmond with great interest since 2006, when they had a tour of the city at the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum in Vancouver,” Au said.
“They were impressed that about 50 per cent of Richmond is kept and protected as farmland, parks, environmental reserves and other open space, which is quite rare in a modern city, and felt that it should be encouraged to keep it that way.”
Richmond scored very high in the selection criteria of leadership, innovation, participation and impact, but Au said the city stood out because of citizen leadership and participation, namely the Garden City Lands Coalition and the Richmond Food Security Task Force.
The Richmond School District won an award for the Best Practices for Environmental Education.
“(T)he selection committee recognized the board for its leadership in adopting the environmental stewardship policy in 1998 and leading the province to form a sustainability secretariat and develop a full spectrum of learning resources on environmental studies,” Au said.
“(The assembly) commended the board’s policy of not purchasing any fuels that have been augmented with bio fuels made from plant or animal sources otherwise used for human food.”