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The Sustainable Communities Program was created by IGNITE’s association membership to provide energy-efficient and sustainable infrastructure capabilities to public organizations such as governments, First Nations, schools, universities and other higher education institutions, and healthcare facilities.
IGNITE and its membership base believe construction activity should benefit the local economy of its membership base whenever possible. For example, to encourage selection of local contractors, the IGNITE Program designed its Request for Proposal (RFP) processes so every applicant had an equal opportunity to be selected. Through just a simple process change, local applicants almost always will be selected because they will always have a cost advantage over groups from further away. As IGNITE evolves, it will continue to look for ways to impact the local economy through its program.
Enhancements to public infrastructure provide a social impact to infrastructure users, employees, community residents, and other stakeholders. These enhancements lead people to feel their communities are more liveable, facilities are more usable, services are more efficient, and pride in community rises. Other types of infrastructure renewal or expansion may lead to health benefits, reduced anxiety, or less wait time. Generally, infrastructure enhancements lead to improvement in quality of life. All this is made possible through the IGNITE Program.
An infrastructure renewal or upgrade may provide a profound impact on the local environment. For a northern remote community, replacing its existing diesel power generation system with renewable technologies will reduce air pollution, as well as soil pollution through diesel fuel spills and leaks. For municipalities and First Nations, replacing their traditional landfill disposal methods with modern waste handling technologies, such as waste-to-energy technologies, typically reduce waste volumes by up to 90%. Through the IGNITE Program, public organization members are encouraged to plan for long-term community and organizational betterment, which includes improving the local environment.
The IGNITE Sustainable Communities Program, which is available only to members of IGNITE Infrastructure Association, allows public organizations such as provincial governments, First Nations, municipalities, universities and other higher education institutions, schools, health care facilities to:
The IGNITE Sustainable Communities Program was designed and built specifically for its membership base. While many IGNITE members regularly contribute to the success of the IGNITE Program, some member contributions are so exemplary they simply must be acknowledged.
From a management and operational perspective, I was quite impressed with the facilitation and support networks provided by the IGNITE Infrastructure Association in the development and implementation of Wiikwemkoong’s LED Lighting retrofit project.
For a project of this size, the number of issues we had were nil to insignificant. I have seen projects a fraction of this size with many more issues on just one site. This project was flawless and awesome throughout.
The entire Wiikwemkoong lighting project went very smoothly and worked well for us. IGNITE took care of the paper work and procurement. That allowed us to focus on what we do best, which is electrical installation.
The Wiki project provided our team at BJ Take a unique opportunity to showcase our rapid development process for custom fixtures. We are grateful for the opportunity and was glad to be able to meet the project’s needs.
The Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory is pleased that Phase One of the IGNITE First Nations Sustainable Communities program has been completed. Community pride in our facilities is at the highest its been in years, thanks to IGNITE and the lighting project.
Public organizations around the globe are increasingly looking for alternatives to past ways of generating and receiving their power or alternatives to reduce power consumption or demand.
Municipalities, governments, First Nations, and other public organizations around the globe are increasingly looking for alternatives to address their solid, liquid, oil, and hazardous waste needs.
Municipalities, governments, First Nations, and other public organizations around the globe are increasingly looking for alternatives to address their building renewal and expansion needs.