The 2016 Land Awards will be presented at the Land Awards Gala on Oct. 21, 2016.
The Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) has named Deborah Curran, an environmental lawyer and educator, the 2016 Land Champion. REFBC’s Land Champion Award recognizes the tremendous achievements of an individual who has worked to advance sustainable land use in British Columbia. (Past Land Champions include Gary Runka, Carol Newell, Richard Hankin, Mark Angelo and Tim Pringle.)
Curran, the recent Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability at the University of Victoria, is a national leader in law reform, applied research and education. Through her work as co-founder of Smart Growth BC, acting executive director of the Environmental Law Centre at UVic and as a practicing lawyer, Deborah has established herself as a thought leader on sustainable built environments and freshwater governance. Her current work, in partnership with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, matches indigenous water law with the framework of the new Water Sustainability Act.
“Deborah’s work is innovative, cutting-edge and highly practical,” said Jack Wong, REFBC CEO. “Over the course of her career, she’s helped to create legal tools like green bylaws and sample policies that can be used by local governments. Her work on watershed governance and on smart growth has informed decision makers and changed the way we think about development and sustainability. We are proud to name Deborah Curran the 2016 Land Champion.”
The Foundation also announced the finalists for its sixth Land Awards Gala. The awards celebrate projects that demonstrate leadership, innovation and collaboration in sustainable land use in British Columbia and are chosen in three categories: private sector, non-profit sector and public sector. Click for more information about each finalist project.
Private sector finalists:
- The Beer Farm – Persephone Brewing Company
- City of Coquitlam District Energy (heat and energy recovery technology) – Thermenex
- RED Talks – Wesgroup Properties
Public sector finalists:
- Indigenous Community Planning Program – UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP)
- Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area B, District of Lillooet and St’át’imc Agricultural Plan
- User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden (UNIBUG) (citizen science) – Douglas College
Non-profit sector finalists:
- Kwayatsut (affordable housing, youth resource centre) – Vancouver Native Housing Society
- Moving Towards Reconciliation (resources, capacity building for First Nations communities affected by resource development) – Fair Mining Collaborative
- The Post at 750 and CBC Vancouver Community Spaces – 110 Arts Co-operative and CBC Vancouver
- Rental Housing Index – BC Non-Profit Housing Association
The Land Awards, including the Land Champion award, will be presented at the Land Awards Gala, hosted by the Real Estate Foundation of BC on Oct. 21, 2016 at the Rocky Mountaineer Station in Vancouver.