Environmental Achievement Award

Winner of the 2017
Environmental Achievement Award, 
City of Toronto for Clean Roads to
Clean Air Program
. Left to right: Paul Lafleche, TAC President; Vesna Stevanovic-Briatico,
City of Toronto; Doug Boccabella, 3M Canada.

Past award winners

Subject Area 

TAC's Environmental Achievement Award recognizes exemplary contributions by a TAC organizational or individual member to the environment with respect to providing transportation services. Members who have made a contribution to the protection and enhancement of the environment or who have been particularly innovative in their approach to solve an environmental problem are eligible.

The establishment of this award is indicative of TAC’s sensitivity to environmental concerns and acts as an incentive to members to address the need to continue to develop and implement transportation-based environmental codes of practice and guidelines for their operations.

Award Eligibility

Any TAC member may make a nomination by submitting an Abstract Form by December 4, 2017. The abstract should demonstrate how the full submission will address the Environmental Achievement Award evaluation criteria.

Submit Abstract Form

All nominees will be contacted by January 10, 2018. Those with approved abstracts will be invited to make a full submission to TAC prior to 15:00 EST on February 21, 2018.

Submit Full Nomination Form

Nomination Requirements

  • outline what activity or initiative was undertaken to contribute to the protection or enhancement of the environment;
  • identify any cost implications associated with the initiative (e.g. indicate if the new procedures are more or less cost effective than the traditional techniques that are being replaced), and
  • identify the organization or person being nominated.

Your February 21 full submission must:

  • consist of an electronic file in PDF format;
  • be no longer than seven (7) pages of text on 8.5" x 11" sheets with size 12 font, and
  • attach supporting photos and diagrams as an appendix (maximum 5 pages).

Review Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

A selection committee appointed by TAC's Environment Council evaluates all submissions and makes recommendations to the Council, who provides final approval.

Each nomination will be evaluated based on:

  • contributions made 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 which existed before the implementation of 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. This may apply to anything from public and agency consultation to financing and all of the "hard" environmental planning, design and construction/implementation elements.
  • financial implications associated with the initiative, such as cost-effective, alternative approaches or measures. Candidates are strongly encouraged to include quantified costs as evidence.
  • overall applicability to transportation and the need for the technique or concept to be disseminated to other TAC members and the transportation community as a whole. 

Deadlines for the Environmental Achievement Award

  • Abstracts to be submitted to TAC: December 4
  • Review Panel to complete screening of abstracts: December 19
  • Screening results to be communicated to nominees: January 10
  • Full submissions to be delivered to TAC: February 21 (prior to 15:00 EST)
  • Results to be communicated to finalists in June

Award Presentation

As a means of promoting the environment, finalists are expected to present their respective projects at the 2018 TAC Conference & Exhibition in Saskatoon, SK, September 30-October 3. Accordingly, these presentations will be included in the Conference Papers section of the website.


By submitting my abstract to TAC for consideration I understand that, if accepted, my submission will become the property of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), which is entitled to publish the final version. I also give distribution rights to my presentation post-conference.

I confirm that approval from my employer and/or client(s) has been received. TAC reserves the right to pull a submission if it has been submitted on false premises. Any and all costs related to travel to the conference are the sole responsibility of the author.