NATURAL RESOURCES–Sustainable Communities Initiative Wins SilverAward Government organizations in Nova Scotia were recognized recentlyfor developing a unique one-stop business shopping process forcommunities. Nova Scotia’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) won asilver medal for excellence in Innovative Management at aprestigious national competition hosted by the Institute ofPublic Administration of Canada. SCI is a partnership of more than 40 federal, provincial,municipal and First Nations’ organizations. The group workscollaboratively to address complex issues in the watersheds ofthe Bras d’Or Lakes and the Fundy/Annapolis Basin by integratingsocial, cultural, economic and environmental policies andprograms. Field teams in each area meet monthly to hear moreabout each other’s work and to hear from groups that arewrestling with issues that affect the long-term sustainability oftheir communities. “The SCI approach really works,” said Garth Bangay, regionaldirector general of Environment Canada, and the federal championof the initiative. “Instead of community leaders having to knockon many different doors to get answers to their questions or helpwith their issues, they can now easily access the knowledge andexpertise of representatives across a range of government levels,departments and agencies.” “This initiative is doing excellent work in Nova Scotia, and Iwant to thank the government and community members for their hardwork and achievements,” said Peter Underwood, deputy minister ofNatural Resources, and the provincial champion. “Nova Scotia’srural communities are building a stronger future because of thisnew, one-stop approach to government support.” Since 1990, the IPAC Award for Innovative Management hasrecognized exceptional management in the public service. SCI wassingled out for bringing various levels of government together towork toward community sustainability. It competed against 95other entries across Canada. The gold prize for the same categorywas awarded to the partners in the Vancouver Agreement/DowntownEast-side Project and the bronze went to the Government ofOntario for its collaborative work in service delivery. The awardceremony was held on Sept. 1 at the annual IPAC conference inVancouver. More information on the competition is available on the websiteat www.ipac.ca/news .