The Gordie Howe International Bridge project team has receieved a national Canadian award for its commitment to sustainability and considerations to local communities.
The inaugural national environmental, social and governance award from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships was presented to project officials during a ceremony in Toronto according to an article from Windsor Star.
“This P3 national award is a testament to the diligent planning and robust work of the thousands of men and women working on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project,” said Bridging North America technical director Jennelle Radigan.
The award recognizes a public-private partnership project that contributes to environmental protection or enhancement, including wildlife protectionm climate and greenhouse gas impact, natural infrastructure attributes, Indigenous engagement, and community benefits.
The bridge project has installed energy-efficient LED and low-maintenance lighting, installed a peregrine falcon box on the bridge to facilitate nesting, and relocated planted plants and seeds.
It has also incorporated green roofs on some buildings and selected materials to reduce energy and water demands.
The project has continually considered community input and has integrated plans for improved connections for commercial and passenger vehicles, and pedestrians.
“Efforts relating to (environmental, social and governance) on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project are uniquely ambitious and impactful given the nature and size of the undertaking,” said Charl van Niekerk, chief executive of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.
“As a binational project, the team strives to provide distinct environmental and social benefits to two diverse communities, while simultaneously delivering on its mandate to improve the movement of people and goods through the busiest commercial land border crossing between Canada and the US.”
Source: Windsor Star