08/28/2008

Toronto, Ontario, August 28, 2008. The City of Hamilton has received an AMO P.J. Marshall Plaque Award for excellence in innovation for the Woodward Avenue Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility.
This is one of the largest-scale examples of biogas cogeneration in Canada.  The award was presented to Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Councillor Russ Powers and Jim Harnum, Senior Director, Waste and Wastewater at the 2008 Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference in Ottawa on August 26, 2008.

“This plaque is awarded to projects that strongly exhibit all of the awards criteria – innovation, tangible benefits, measured improved efficiency and effectiveness, use of innovative financing and transferability,” says Peter Hume, AMO President.  “The City of Hamilton’s biogas cogeneration facility at the Woodward Avenue Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility has environmental, public health and cost saving benefits that can be applied elsewhere in Ontario.”

The water and wastewater facility uses the biogas, a by-product of the wastewater treatment process, to generate 16.4 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity, and to eliminate about 60,000 tonnes of green house gas emissions.

“The City of Hamilton is extremely pleased to accept this award on behalf of all those who have had a part in this enormous project,” said Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of the City of Hamilton. 

The P.J. Marshall Award is an annual competitive process organized by AMO.  Awards acknowledge municipalities who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in public-private partnerships.  Submissions by Ontario municipalities are judged by a panel on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public.

This year a Certificate of Merit and a Plaque were awarded.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments.  AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.  


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