Tuesday 25 July 2023

County of Brant Achieves 4th Consecutive Platinum Certification from World Council on City Data

Original release shared by the County of Brant: https://www.brant.ca/en/news/county-of-brant-achieves-4th-consecutive-platinum-certification-from-world-council-on-city-data.aspx

County of Brant Mayor David Bailey and WCCD President and CEO Dr. Patricia McCarney

July 25, 2023
County of Brant, Ontario, Canada

The County of Brant is proud to announce that it has received Platinum certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD) for the fourth consecutive year. The certification was presented during a special ceremony held during the County of Brant Council session, where Dr. Patricia McCarney, the President and CEO of the WCCD, personally presented the certificate to Mayor Bailey and Council.

"We are proud to receive our fourth consecutive Platinum certification from the World Council on City Data," said Mayor Bailey. "This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff and community in creating a sustainable and prosperous environment for our residents. We look forward to continued partnership with the WCCD to enable data-driven decision-making."

ISO 37120, an internationally recognized standard, serves as a comprehensive measurement tool for evaluating the performance and quality of life in cities and municipalities. Covering a wide range of globally standardized indicators, including economy, environment, transportation, governance, and health, this certification demonstrates the County of Brant's unwavering commitment to data-driven excellence and sustainable development.

Positive indicators from the review for the County of Brant include having a low percentage of the population living below the poverty line which prioritizes the well-being of citizens. Active transit is also highlighted with the County having a high percentage of kilometres of bike paths and lanes for our population size. 

Dr. Patricia McCarney, the President and CEO of WCCD, congratulated the County of Brant on its achievement. "The County of Brant's commitment to data collection and analysis, as part of the WCCD global network of data-driven cities, empowers the County’s leaders and staff to make data-informed decisions and implement effective solutions that address the needs of their community," she stated. "Their efforts have set an exemplary example for other municipalities in Canada and worldwide to follow, and we are pleased to present them with their fourth certification. We anticipate a continued and fruitful collaboration with the County."

Since 2019, the County of Brant has actively pursued ISO 37120 certification. By adopting data-driven strategies and policies, and ensuring now four years of data continuity, the County has enabled informed decision-making and the ability to monitor progress on sustainable prosperity. 

The Platinum certification of the County of Brant underscores its transparency, accountability, and dedication to sustainable development. It serves as recognition of the County's ongoing endeavors to foster a vibrant and inclusive community for its residents and an enhanced quality of life.

For more information, please contact: 
Dr. Patricia McCarney
President & CEO
World Council on City Data

Friday 14 July 2023

Makati City Receives WCCD ISO 37123 - Resilient Cities Certification

July 14, 2023

Makati City, Philippines 

In a momentous virtual ceremony, Mayor Abby Binay proudly accepted the World Council on City Data (WCCD) ISO 37123 Early Adopter Resilient City Certification on behalf of Makati City. Makati joins the ranks of one of the first cities globally to achieve this esteemed certification under the new ISO Standard, ISO 37123 Sustainable Cities and Communities – Indicators for Resilient Cities.
The WCCD certification recognizes Makati City's unwavering commitment to building a resilient and sustainable urban environment. Through comprehensive data-driven planning and implementation, the city has demonstrated its capacity to effectively address the challenges posed by rapid urbanization, climate change, and other complex urban issues.
With this certification, Makati City showcases its dedication to adopting best practices and innovative strategies that promote urban resilience and enhance the quality of life for its residents. The ISO 37123 Standard sets forth a rigorous framework for measuring and assessing a city's resilience across various indicators, including governance, economy, environment, and social well-being.

Mayor Abby Binay expressed her gratitude for the recognition and emphasized the importance of resilience in building a better future for the city. She highlighted the collaborative efforts of the local government, community stakeholders, and various sectors in achieving this milestone.

Dr. Patricia McCarney, CEO of the World Council on City Data, congratulated Makati City on this significant achievement, remarking, "We extend our warmest congratulations to Makati City and Mayor Binay for being awarded the WCCD ISO 37123 Early Adopters Certification. This recognition reaffirms Makati City's commitment to urban resilience and data-driven decision-making. Globally, Makati City has already demonstrated its dedication to resilience building, and this certification further underscores their commitment in this critical area. We look forward to Makati’s continued certification and partnership for many years."

This certification serves as a testament to Makati City's continuous pursuit of excellence and its proactive approach to sustainable urban development. By adhering to global standards and adopting resilient practices, Makati aims to create a city that can effectively respond to shocks and stresses while ensuring the well-being and prosperity of its residents.

Read more: Makati receives WCCD resilient city certification (metronewscentral.net)

For more information, please contact: 
Dr. Patricia McCarney
President & CEO
World Council on City Data

Tuesday 11 July 2023


July 11, 2023

Caledon, Ontario, Canada

Today, the Town of Caledon received Platinum level certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD) for the implementation of ISO 37120 in 2022.

Caledon is now among a global network of over 100 cities using data to drive innovation in service delivery. Standardized data enables municipalities, of any size, to measure and compare progress to other locations near and far. Joining the WCCD supports Caledon by creating opportunities for global benchmarking which aid in strategic planning in social, economic and environmental areas.

“Platinum-level certification from the World Council on City Data is a prestigious recognition and speaks to Caledon’s commitment to being a great place to live, work and play,” said Mayor Annette Groves. “This certification means we can make data-driven decisions and measure our progress against global benchmarks.”

ISO 37120 is the first international standard for municipal data collection and the Platinum-level certification is the highest certification the WCCD issues. The Town of Caledon implemented ISO 37120 by collecting municipal data in accordance with the WCCD’s standard of practice. This recognition means that Caledon’s data, specific to sustainability and quality of life benchmarks, is of the highest quality.

“I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to the Town of Caledon for their remarkable achievement in receiving Platinum WCCD ISO 37120 certification,” said Dr. Patricia McCarney, President and CEO of the WCCD. “This well-deserved recognition highlights the town's exceptional commitment to delivering data of the highest quality. The certification not only acknowledges the Town of Caledon's exceptional data reporting but also underscores their dedication to transparency, inclusivity, sustainability, and exceptional service delivery for residents.”

The WCCD was founded in 2014 and helps communities of all sizes worldwide embrace standardized, independently verified and globally comparable city data to become more sustainable, resilient, prosperous, inclusive and smart.

Read Press Release from Town of Caledon here: https://www.caledon.ca/en/news/town-of-caledon-awarded-platinum-level-certification-from-world-council-on-city-data.aspx

For more information, please contact: 
Dr. Patricia McCarney
President & CEO
World Council on City Data