Delta Mayor's SOIL Initiative Awarded 2012 Brownfield of the Year
Last week, the Canadian Urban Institute announced the finalists for the 2012 CUI Brownie Awards. The 2012 Individual Achievement and “Brownfielder of the Year” award went to mayor Lois E. Jackson, who has been a vocal advocate for brownfield issues in her capacity as Delta’s Mayor, and in her capacity as the Chair of Metro Vancouver.
Jackson spearheaded the “Saving Our Industrial Lands” (SOIL) Initiative in 2006. The Corporation of Delta’s submission for the initiative has also been chosen as a finalist in the legislation and policy category.
“I am honoured to achieve this distinction and pleased with Delta’s nomination for our hard work and determination in seeing these lands remediated and transformed into sustainable industrial development,” said mayor Lois E. Jackson, in a press release. “We have made great headway in closing brownfield sites and are committed to stimulating further innovative redevelopment in the River Road east area.”
In 2011, the SOIL initiative lead to the signing of an agreement between the Corporation of Delta and Ocean Trailer for the remediation, closure, and redevelopment of the former Delta Shake and Shingle landfill site into the Ocean Trailer eco-industrial facility.
Recently, Delta released a short animated video about the SOIL initiative: