Recognizing Partnerships in Salmo

Through a public-private partnership, the Village of Salmo has successfully transformed two long-standing brownfield lots into an arts and culture hub and apprentice shop called the “Heritage Hub.”  This project is a 2017 winner of a Community Excellence Award.

The Heritage Hub includes an art garden, reclaimed building materials and salvage boutique, custom upholstery and leather works shop, tattoo shop, art studio and free public displays in the Village Art Windows.

The project was made possible by a number of unique partners who were able to work with the Village to identify common interests that were compatible with local priorities and strategic direction.  This included Imperial Oil, which has leased the land to the Village; the Regional District of Central Kootenay, which has provided grant funding; and the combined efforts of Heritage Hub Inc. (representing local artists and entrepreneur) and Heritage Salvage (the parent company and investor).

The Heritage Hub was the winner for the 2017 Community Excellence Award in the Partnerships category, which recognizes two or more partners who have collaborated on a joint venture or initiative with outstanding results.

An honourable mention in this category was awarded to the City of Coquitlam for their Community Inspired Climate Action project.

In 2010, the City of Coquitlam, in partnership with BC Hydro, established a cross departmental employee-led “green team” called the Coquitlam Carbon Cutters. The team was successful in engaging city staff in energy conservation - resulting in the reduction of approximately 500,000 kWh and $50,000 in energy cost savings annually.

In 2015, with support from FortisBC and BC Hydro, the team started developing partnerships with non-profit organizations based in city-owned buildings.

Through these partnerships, city staff are working collaboratively to design and deliver community energy conservation workshops to educate and raise awareness on energy conservation, greenhouse gas reduction, and climate action.  By December 2017, almost 2,000 community members will be reached through this
program.

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