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Greater Sudbury

Senior City Manager Wins Prestigious National Award

Released Thursday, Jun 6, 2013

For Immediate Release                                                            
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Bill Lautenbach, Greater Sudbury’s General Manager of Growth and Development, has received the prestigious Green Champion Award by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He received the award at the FCM annual conference in Vancouver on June 2.

Mr. Lautenbach was chosen because he has displayed dedication, supported innovation and provided valuable guidance within the municipal government over his 35-year career in Greater Sudbury, the FCM said in a statement.

Mr. Lautenbach is a professional planner who has worked for the City of Greater Sudbury (and the Regional Municipality of Sudbury prior to 2001) for 35 years in a variety of roles including Planner, Director of Long Range Planning, Commissioner of Planning and Development, Director of Planning Services and, most recently, General Manager of Growth & Development.

Mr. Lautenbach was nominated for the award by Mayor Marianne Matichuk, who said the recognition was important as he prepares to retire from municipal service later this summer.
“Bill has been a tireless advocate for Greater Sudbury and true leader, both within city hall and in the community,” Mayor Matichuk said. “I’m so pleased FCM agreed. They could not have chosen a more deserving professional.”

Early in his career at the City, Mr. Lautenbach was instrumental in developing and launching an extensive regreening program in the municipality.  A long history of mining activity in the Sudbury area had left over 80,000 hectares of land largely devoid of vegetation. Through Bill’s work with local scientists and municipal politicians and the utilization of senior government job creation programs, a large-scale regreening program was born in 1978.  The program continues today and has reclaimed 3,439 ha of land and planted 9,348,227 trees.  

The regreening program has received numerous awards, including the United Nations Local Government Honours Award at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero and the United States Chevron Conservation Award in 1992.

“I’m honoured to have received this award,” said Mr. Lautenbach. “I want to thank Mayor Matichuk for the nomination, and the Councils that I have worked with over the years for their great support and dedication to this community. I believe this award ultimately recognizes the work that each of my employees and our community partners do, every day, to make our city better. Over the past 35 years, Greater Sudbury has truly become a more sustainable community. It is one of very few communities worldwide to have reduced its ecological footprint, increased its biodiversity, and significantly improved its air and water quality, while at the same time greatly diversifying its economy. This has taken the help and support of a great many individuals, community groups, and businesses.”