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2023 Nominations Now Open

Deadline to Apply: September 22, 2023 at Noon EST

About the Brownie Awards

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.

Brownie Award Categories

The Brownies are awarded annually in seven categories:
Category 1:  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
Category 2:  REMEDIATE - Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

Projects or programs that:

  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in environmental remediation
  • Promote technological solutions that avoid broader environmental impacts
  • Incorporate ecological principles through pilot projects or full-scale implementaion of remediation methods
  • Encourage use of innovative, cost-effective technologies that shift perceptions in the marketplace
Category 3:  REINVEST - Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

Projects or programs that:

  • Rely on innovative approaches to stimulate new investment or facilitate collaborative partnerships to implement vision for brownfield redevelopment
  • 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, or improved ROI for public or private funds
Category 4:  REFOCUS - Vision of Alternative Benefits to Brownfields 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.
Category 5:  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
Category 6:  RENEW - Redevelopment at the Community Scale

Projects or programs that:

  • timulate neighbourhood-scale reinvestment
  • Use adaptive reuse of heritage and other structures to encourage integrated multi-phased redevelopment
  • Demonstrate high levels of collaboration; inspire many land owners 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
Category 7:  REACH OUT - Communication, 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
Additional Recognition

The judges also give four additional Awards - best large project, best small project, best overall project and Brownfielder of the Year.  

Brownie Hall of Fame

Here is a list of winners from previous years: 



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