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City of Richmond honoured for geothermal system

Richmond Coun. Linda McPhail (right) accepts an honourable mention award on behalf of the City of Richmond from Quesnel Mayor Mary Sjostrom. -
Richmond Coun. Linda McPhail (right) accepts an honourable mention award on behalf of the City of Richmond from Quesnel Mayor Mary Sjostrom.
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The City of Richmond was honoured Thursday for its high-tech energy system in a redeveloping area of the city.

Richmond Coun. Linda McPhail accepted an honourable mention award on behalf of the city for a new geothermal system that serves the neighbourhood of Alexandra in the West Cambie.

Quesnel Mayor Mary Sjostrom made the presentation—in the category of leadership and innovation, large community—at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Victoria. Sjostrom is chair of the UBCM's community excellence awards program.

The annual awards are designed to showcase local governments that take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, question established ways of doing business, and pioneer new customer service practices.

The City of Abbotsford won the category for developing a rainwater harvesting system at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.

The UBCM convention wraps up Friday, Sept. 28, at the Victoria Conference Centre.

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