Sustainable Urban Transportation Award

Subject Area and Award Eligibility

TAC's Sustainable Urban Transportation Award recognizes exemplary contributions by a TAC organizational or individual member in the area of sustainable urban transportation. Members who have made a contribution to the development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation and who have been particularly innovative in their approach to moving sustainable urban transportation forward are eligible for the award.

This award was established in memory of TAC staff member John Hartman, who passed away in August 1999. John Hartman, who was the association’s director of transportation forums, played a key role in the formation of the Urban Transportation Council in 1991 and the development of TAC’s 1993 landmark New Vision for Urban Transportation in Canada. He was also passionate about the topic of sustainable transportation.

The award acts to promote sustainable urban transportation and projects or activities which support TAC’s New Vision for Urban Transportation. The new vision identified key strategies to help create cities which will be more efficient, environmentally friendly and desirable to live in. The implementation of the strategies is considered critical in reducing the overall economic, social and environmental costs which have been associated with past urban development and transportation trends.

Key components of the New Vision for Urban Transportation include:

  • more compact, mixed use urban form to reduce the need for travel and enhance travel options.
  • less dependence on single occupant autos through more choice and opportunities for walking, cycling, transit and high occupancy vehicles.
  • new financing methods, based on the user pay principle, with revenues dedicated to transportation system improvements.

Nomination Requirements

A representative of any TAC member may make a nomination by submitting an Abstract Form by December 4, 2017 using the abstract template.

Submit Abstract Form

This is a required first step of the submission process. The abstract should demonstrate how the full submission will address the Sustainable Urban Transportation Award evaluation criteria outlined below. 

All nominees will be contacted by January 10, 2018. Those with accepted abstracts will be invited to make a full submission to TAC prior to 15:00 EST on February 21, 2018.

This submission should be no longer than seven (7) pages of text on 8.5" x 11" sheets with size 12 font. Supporting photos and diagrams are not to be included in the seven-page limit and should be attached as an appendix (maximum 5 pages).

Submissions should:

(1) identify the organization or person being nominated;

(2) outline what activity or initiative was undertaken and how it contributes to the development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation;

(3) describe how the project demonstrates innovation in terms of process, technical characteristics and/or financing;

(4) illustrate how the approach, outcome and/or findings of the project are transferable to other Canadian communities; and

(5) describe performance results to date, wherever possible.

Nominations could involve a program, project or new process that address sustainable urban transportation. Ideally, submissions should detail an initiative carried out or implemented during 2016. Submissions should address all four evaluation criteria discussed in the section below.

Your February 21 submission must consist of an electronic file in PDF format. The submission, with appendices, must be submitted using the online nomination form.

Submit Full Nomination Form

Review Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

A selection committee appointed by TAC's Sustainable Transportation Standing Committee evaluates all submissions and makes recommendations to TAC's Urban Transportation Council. Final approval is provided by the Council.

Eligible projects will be judged according to the four criteria described below. Submissions that clearly demonstrate how a project succeeds under each criterion will receive top marks.


Projects that enhance the sustainability of urban transportation through social, economic, and environmental components will receive top marks. Evaluators will use the Centre for Sustainable Transportation's definition of a sustainable transportation system:

  • Social - Allows the basic access needs of individuals and societies to be met safely and in a manner consistent with human and ecosystem health, and with equity within and between generations.
  • Economic - Is affordable, operates efficiently, offers choice of transport mode, and supports a vibrant economy.
  • Environmental - Limits emissions and waste within the planet's ability to absorb them, minimizes consumption of non-renewable resources, limits consumption of renewable resources to the sustainable yield level, reuses and recycles its components, and minimizes the use of land and the production of noise.


Innovation in this case is national in scope and should be viewed through a "cross-Canada" lens. Innovation will be considered related to technical, process (e.g. performance monitoring, consultation) and financial components. Projects which are innovative in all three areas will achieve top marks.


Projects that have successfully addressed an issue of broad concern relevant to other cities and organizations in Canada, and can be applied with local modifications to other areas of Canada will get top marks.


This criterion will reward projects for any contributions not included in the other three criteria. Activities meriting added value could include communication and promotional activities and partnerships created or supported by the project.

Deadlines for the Sustainable Urban Transportation Award

  • Abstracts to be submitted to TAC: December 4
  • Review Panel to complete screening of abstracts: December 19
  • Screening results to be communicated to nominees: January 10
  • Full submissions to be delivered to TAC: February 21 (prior to 15:00 EST)
  • Results to be communicated to nominees in June

Award Presentation

The award solicits nominations annually, and is presented at the TAC Conference.

As a means of promoting sustainable urban transportation, nominees are expected to present their respective projects at the 2017 TAC Conference & Exhibition in Saskatoon, SK, September 30-October 3. Accordingly, these presentations will be included in the Conference Papers section of the website.


By submitting my abstract to TAC for consideration I understand that, if accepted, my submission will become the property of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), which is entitled to publish the final version.

I also give distribution rights to my presentation post-conference.I also confirm that approval from my employer and/or client(s) to submit the submission to TAC has been received.  TAC reserves the right to pull a submission if it has been submitted on false premises. Any and all costs related to travel to the conference are the sole responsibility of the author.