Town of Bridgewater wins Community Award at 7th Annual Bright Business Awards

October 17, 2018


(Halifax, N.S.) – Five winners were awarded Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Bright Business awards today. The Town of Bridgewater took home the Community Award (view video).

The Community Award recognizes a Nova Scotia community that has excelled in energy efficiency campaigns or projects.

The town of Bridgewater, as part of their Integrated Community Sustainability Plan has identified reducing energy poverty for 20% of the Town’s residents.

“Our Town’s sustainability initiatives have always valued the participation of our community stakeholders, businesses, and residents,” says Town of Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell.

“Through programs like Energize Bridgewater, our new public transit service, active transportation, and our community gardens initiative, many community members and organizations have become quite deeply involved in our work,” he added. “This kind of collaborative effort is also a key plank in Bridgewater’s bid to win the national Smart Cities Challenge – we’ve launched one of the most comprehensive engagement efforts our Town has ever undertaken to design creative and lasting solutions to the urgent problem of energy poverty.”

On June 1, Bridgewater was revealed to be one of only five finalists for Infrastructure Canadas $5 million Smart Cities Challenge prize. Bridgewater will receive $250,000 to go towards creating a final proposal, with the aim of reducing energy poverty in Bridgewater.

The Town of Bridgewater has demonstrated strong, forward-thinking leadership by recognizing and prioritizing the needs of those living in their community,” says Janet Tobin, spokesperson for Efficiency Nova Scotia. “The Town has invested in sustainability planning and are inspiring others to take action.”

The Bright Business Awards is now in its seventh year and recognizes organizations and individuals in Nova Scotia for their achievements and leadership in the field of energy efficiency. Other 2018 winners include:

  • Community Award: Town of Bridgewater
  • Engagement Award: CBRM Water
  • Innovation Award: Ecology Action Centre
  • Partnership Award: Thinkwell Shift
  • Leadership Award: Bill Murphy, Cape Breton Municipality

Award winners were announced during the seventh annual Bright Business Conference at the Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax on Tuesday, October 16th. Speakers included keynote speaker Jeff Reading, Innovative Partnerships, ATCO Innovation, and Ben Jessome, MLA for Hammonds Plains-Lucasville.

Efficiency Nova Scotia is operated by EfficiencyOne, an independent, non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Since 2010, we’ve helped more than 225,000 program participants save energy and money. Efficiency Nova Scotia is your go-to place for energy saving programs and services.

To learn more, click to watch Why Energy Efficiency?


For more information contact:

Janet Tobin
Communications Lead, Efficiency Nova Scotia


Leon DeVreede, Sustainability Planner
Town of Bridgewater