2021 Brownie Award Finalists

Founded in 2001 by the Canadian Urban Institute, the Brownie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of professionals who rehabilitate sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized, and undeveloped by remaking them into productive residential and commercial projects that contribute to the growth of healthy communities across Canada.

As an annual celebration recognizing excellence in the remediation and redevelopment of brownfield sites across Canada, the Brownie Awards are presented proudly in partnership by the Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media.

We are happy to announce the 2021 award finalists:

Reprogram: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

Projects or programs that:

  • Remove barriers and/or facilitate brownfield redevelopment, reinvestment, and regeneration.
  • Provide models of excellence that can be applied or replicated by provincial, regional or municipal governments.
  • Stimulate new investment or facilitate collaborative partnerships to implement vision for intensification and improved ROI for public funds.

Remediate: Sustainable Remediation & Technological Innovation

Projects or programs that:

  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in environmental soil remediation.
  • Promote economic in-situ solutions that avoid broader environmental impacts.
  • Incorporate ecological principles through pilots designed to go mainstream.
  • Encourage the use of innovative, cost-effective technologies that shift perceptions in the marketplace.

Reinvest: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

Projects or programs that:

  • Rely on innovative approaches to obtain capital financing for the purposes of economic and ecological regeneration (i.e. use of public/private partnerships), public incentives to leverage investment.
  • Facilitate innovative solutions to mitigating process risk.

Rebuild: Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale

Projects or programs that:

  • Demonstrate excellence in site-specific responses to public policy initiatives that accelerate the pace of regeneration resulting from development.
  • Promote an enhanced public realm; successfully leverage opportunities for collaboration and policy integration across different sectors.
  • Combine imaginative adaptive reuse of heritage structures that promote health and well-being.

Renew: Development at the Community Scale

Projects or programs that:

  • Stimulate neighbourhood-scale reinvestment.
  • Use adaptive reuse of heritage and other structures to encourage integrated multi-phased redevelopment.
  • Demonstrate high levels of collaboration; inspire many landowners and investors to engage with community support of a shared vision.
  • Promote comprehensive neighbourhood transformation by re-envisioning the public realm, and improving functionality, liveability, and character.

Reach Out: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

Projects or programs that:

  • Successfully package municipal reinvestment plans and programs for regeneration and/or brownfields redevelopment in support of a community’s competitiveness and long-term sustainability.
  • Demonstrate innovative approaches to build support for public/private investment and development designed to achieve intensification through redevelopment, regeneration, and other reinvestment strategies.
  • Introduce a brand that enhances acceptance and understanding of brownfield redevelopment, regeneration, and reinvestment.

Refocus: Alternative Benefits to Brownfield Remediation

Projects or programs that:

  • Brownfield projects or programs that demonstrate alignment with broader social initiatives and mandates.
  • Demonstrate significant improvement towards GHG reduction, climate resiliency, affordable housing, healthy communities, and/or diversity & inclusion.
  • Use alternative lenses to see remediation and redevelopment from different perspectives other than economic and environmental ones.