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TAC Environmental Achievement Award

This award recognizes a TAC member organization for outstanding contributions to the environment with respect to transportation services. Winners have contributed to the protection and enhancement of the environment, or have been particularly innovative in their approach to solving an environmental problem.

The submission process is now closed.

Application and Evaluation

TAC member organizations must submit an abstract by November 30 to be considered for the following year’s award. Short-listed finalists will be invited to submit a detailed application (maximum 7 pages of text plus 5 pages of photos and diagrams) by January 31.

Members of TAC's Environment and Climate Change Council will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

  • Contributions to the protection and enhancement of the environment, described as measures to retain or minimize diminution of the quality or value of ecological components (enhancement of the environment is defined as raising the quality or value of the environment that existed before the program or project; contributions can be expressed in terms of resource function, quantity, ecological diversity and/or economic benefits)
  • Degree of innovation in the approach used to solve or address an environmental problem or issue (may apply to anything from public and agency consultation to financing or "hard" environmental planning, design and construction/implementation)
  • Financial aspects of the initiative such as cost-effectiveness or innovation (applicants are strongly encouraged to include quantified costs as evidence)
  • Overall applicability to transportation, and the benefit of disseminating the technique or concept to other TAC members and the transportation community

Key Dates

  • November 30 – Deadline for abstracts to be considered for next year’s award
  • December 15 – Finalists selected and notified
  • January 31 – Deadline for detailed applications
  • May 1 – Winner announced
  • Fall – Award presented at TAC Conference

Conditions

  • Finalists are expected to present their projects in a technical session at TAC’s annual Conference & Exhibition; presentations will be included in the Conference Papers section of TAC’s website.
  • Detailed applications become the property of TAC, which may publish and/or distribute them.
  • Costs related to TAC Conference attendance are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Submission of an abstract implies that approval from employer(s) and/or client(s) has been received; applications submitted without approval will be deemed non-compliant.

Previous Recipients

2019

Regional Municipality of York
Bayview Corridor Project

2018

Regional Municipality of York
2nd Concession Project

2017

City of Toronto
Clean Roads to Clean Air Program

2016

Ministry of Transportation, Ontario
Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway – A Parkway in a Prairie

2015

Ministère des Transports du Québec
Research and innovative practices with respect to pavement markings

2014

Dillon Consulting Limited and the City of Ottawa
Terry Fox Drive, March Road to Kanata Avenue: Road Ecology Design Influences

2013

Ministère des Transports du Québec
Drainage Management System in the Stoneham-Tewkesbury Section of the Highway 73/175 Reconstruction Project

2012

Transportation Investment Corporation, a Crown agency of British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure
Wilson Farm Habitat Enhancement Project at Colony Farm Regional Park

2011

Ministère des Transports du Québec and Roche Ltée., Groupe-conseil
Environmental Monitoring Program for the Reconstruction of Highway 175 in the Laurentian Wildlife Reserve

2009

Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada
The Detroit River International Crossing Environmental Assessment Study

2008

British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
The Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project

2007

British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Kicking Horse Canyon Project

2006

Nova Scotia Transportation and Public Works
Habitat Banking for HADD and Wetland Compensation: New Partnership Opportunities and Significant Environmental, Economic and Community Benefits

2005

British Columbia Ministry of Transportation
Environmental Enhancement Fund: Achieving Environmental Sustainability for Transportation Infrastructure

2004

City of Edmonton
Winter Street Sand Recycling Program

2003

City of Hamilton
The Red Hill Valley Project - "More Than a Road"

2002

Ministère des Transports du Québec
Controlling Highway Corridor Vegetation - The New Québec Approach

2001

Calgary Transit
Ride the Wind! Project

2000

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
Partnerships in Winter Maintenance that Achieve Environmental and Cost Savings Benefits

1999

Region of Ottawa-Carleton
Natural Habitat Reconstruction Associated with the West Hunt Club Roadway Realignment

1998

Maritime Road Development Corporation
Fredericton-Moncton Highway Project 

1997

Yukon Engineering Services Inc.
Reconstruction of the Robert Service Way

1996

Stanley Technology Group
Edmonton High Level Bridge Rehabilitation Project

1995

Regional Municipality of Durham
Thornton Road (Regional Road 52) Reconstruction and Widening and Goodman Creek Rehabilitation and Realignment Project

1994

Hamilton Street Railway Company
Natural Gas Bus Demonstration Project