Ontario Professional Planners Institute recognizes Smart Commute with 2 Awards

September 18, 2008 – The Regional Municipality of York, along with Halton, Durham and Peel Regions and the Cities of Toronto, Hamilton, and Mississauga, received special recognition from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) for the Smart Commute Initiative in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton. Smart Commute received the Excellence in Planning Award and the first-ever Healthy Communities Award.

“These awards showcase Smart Commute’s success in aggressively encouraging carpooling, the use of public transit and alternative modes of travel such as walking and cycling to work,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “Smart Commute takes cars off our roads, reduces car emissions, improves air quality and encourages active and healthy lifestyles.”

“The Smart Commute Initiative is another example of the leading practices that are being pursued in the Greater Toronto Area to cope with the immense growth that is anticipated over the next 30 years,”

said OPPI President Wayne Caldwell, MCIP, RPP. “We are pleased to recognize this project for its vision, impact and commitment to actions that lead to environmental enhancement.”

The Healthy Communities Award was established jointly by OPPI and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario to recognize excellence in creating healthy communities. Smart Commute exemplifies the importance of active transportation in healthy communities.

“OPPI is the recognized voice of Ontario’s planning profession. Its more than 3,000 members work in government, private practice, universities and non-profit agencies in the fields of urban and rural development, urban design, environmental planning, transportation, health and social services, heritage conservation, housing and economic development.