The Municipality of Jasper received a 5 Blooms – Silver rating and a special mention for the Friends of Jasper National Park in the Volunteerism Category during the 2018 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Strathcona County, Alberta. The Municipality also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association Environmental Action Award.
The Municipality of Jasper participated in the International Challenge (Medium) category along with Lewes Delaware, USA; Killarney-Turtle Mountain, Man.; Pincher Creek, Alta.; Novi Vinodolski, Croatia; and Stettler, Alta.
Over the summer, trained volunteer judges traveled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector–including volunteer efforts– in regards to the following criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays.
Communities are evaluated using a “bloom” rating determined by the total score of the evaluation:
0 to 55 %=1 Bloom 56 to 63 %=2 Blooms 64 to 72 %=3 Blooms 73 to 81 %=4 Blooms 82 % and over=5 Blooms
There are four (4) levels of 5 Blooms exclusive to the National and International Edition:
5 Blooms: 82 to 83.9% Bronze: 84 to 86.9% Silver: 87 to 89.9% Gold: 90% and over
About Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca