Government of Canada and FCM support Kingston’s community-developed Climate Action Plan (24/06/2014)
Kingston, ON — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant for the City of Kingston. The city will use the $89,400 in funding toward the development of its community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan, which aims to generate energy and cost savings while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
"Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said Minister Rickford. "The completion of this Climate Action Plan is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like Kingston build a greener future for their citizens."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address sustainable community development needs," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The Kingston Climate Action Plan outlines community-developed measurable goals as well as proposed community actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It envisions a Kingston that is energy self-sufficient for its residents and industry, while mitigating climate change risks.
The plan has achieved a high level of community engagement with the help of Sustainable Kingston, a community-driven non-profit organization, created to educate, facilitate and connect community initiatives in support of Kingston's overarching Sustainability Plan. Through a number of initiatives, such as open houses, a Community Collaboration workshop, speaker series, and outreach activities, more than 500 participants have shared their climate action ideas.
During Artfest in City Park from June 28th to July 1st, visitors will be invited to create their own Climate Cloths — a piece of cloth containing a positive climate action message or idea, where these individual messages and commitments will be hung from a Climate Action Clothesline. The city has also launched an online Climate Action Tool Kit to help the residents of Kingston take action in their homes and workplaces.
"The creation of the Kingston Climate Action Plan is an important accomplishment towards sustainability of our city," said Mark Gerretsen, Mayor of Kingston. "This plan, made possible through a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), will go a long way in our efforts to address climate-related changes in our community."
See the Kingston Climate Action Plan — and the Climate Action Tool Kit — at www.CityofKingston.ca/climateaction.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.