Sustainable Urban Transportation Award

Winner of the 2017 Sustainable Urban Transportation Award, City of Calgary 
for 20th Avenue Street Lab Party.
Left to right: Paul Lafleche, TAC President; 
Dale Lynch, City of Calgary;
Doug Boccabella, 3M Canada.

Past award winners

Subject Area 

TAC's Sustainable Urban Transportation Award recognizes exemplary contributions by a TAC organizational or individual member in sustainable urban transportation. Members who have made a contribution to the development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation and who have been particularly innovative in their approach to moving sustainable urban transportation forward are eligible.

This award was established in memory of TAC staff member John Hartman, the Association's Director of transportation forums, who passed away in August 1999. Mr. Hartman payed a key role in the formation of the Urban Transportation Council in 1991 and the development of TAC’s 1993 landmark New Vision for Urban Transportation in Canada.

The award promotes sustainable urban transportation projects or activities supporting TAC’s New Vision for Urban Transportation, which identified key strategies to create efficient, environmentally friendly and liveable cities, by using:

  • compact, mixed use urban form to reduce the need for travel and enhance travel options;
  • less dependence on single occupant vehicles through walking, cycling, transit and high occupancy vehicles, and
  • new financing methods, based on the user pay principle, with revenues dedicated to transportation system improvements.

Award Eligibility

Any TAC member may make a nomination by submitting an Abstract Form by December 4, 2017The abstract should demonstrate how the full submission will address the Sustainable Urban Transportation 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

  • identify the organization or person being nominated;
  • outline what activity or initiative was undertaken and how it contributes to the development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation;
  • describe how the project demonstrates innovation in terms of process, technical characteristics and/or financing;
  • illustrate how the approach, outcome and/or findings of the project are transferable to Canadian communities, and
  • describe performance results to date, wherever possible.

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.

Review Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

A selection committee appointed by TAC's Sustainable Transportation Standing Committee evaluates all submissions and makes recommendations to TAC's Urban Transportation Council, who provides final approval.

Each nomination will be evaluated on:

1) Development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation (18 points)

Projects that enhance the sustainability of urban transportation through social, economic, and environmental components. Evaluators will use the Centre for Sustainable Transportation's definition of a sustainable transportation system.

  • Social - Allows the basic access needs of individuals and societies to be met safely and in a manner consistent with human and ecosystem health, and with equity within and between generations.
  • Economic - Affordable, operates efficiently, offers choice of transport mode, and supports a vibrant economy.
  • Environmental - Limits emissions and waste within the planet's ability to absorb them, minimizes consumption of non-renewable resources, limits consumption of renewable resources to the sustainable yield level, reuses and recycles its components, and minimizes the use of land and the production of noise.

2) Degree of innovation (18 points)

Innovation should be viewed through a "cross-Canada" lens, and related to technical, process (e.g. performance monitoring, consultation) and financial components. 

3) Transferability to other Canadian communities and organizations (18 points)

Submissions should clearly describe how the project or initiative is applicable and/or transferable to other Canadian communities and organizations.  

4) Added value (6 points)

Activities meriting added value could include communication and promotional activities, as well as partnerships created or supported by the project.

Deadlines for the Sustainable Urban Transportation 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 sustainable urban transportation, 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.