Harper Government and FCM support the Town of Halton Hills’ Community Energy Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (03/07/2014)
Halton Hills, 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 Town of Halton Hills. The funding of $73,020 will help the Town to develop a community energy plan, referred to as the Mayor's Community Energy Plan, which will identify actions and set targets to reduce corporate and community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with a view to improving energy management, enhance the performance of Town facilities, and achieve economic benefits.
"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. Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping municipalities like the Town of Halton Hills to build a stronger community for all its residents," said Minister Rickford.
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund enhances the development of communities that supports a prosperous economy, social well-being and cultural vitality while protecting the environment."
The Town, in collaboration with Halton Hills Community Energy Corporation — a municipally-owned electrical utility corporation — will develop a greenhouse gas inventory, set emission reduction targets, and identify actions to lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Through this initiative, Halton Hills will complete the first three milestones of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, which enables municipalities to take action against climate change through a practical five-milestone framework. The Plan will also achieve the requirements of Ontario's Green Energy Act.
The Mayor's Community Energy Plan leverages existing Town policies, including its Strategic Plan, Official Plan, Green Plan, Community Sustainability Strategy, Economic Development Strategy, Green Development Evaluation Checklist, and the Green Development Standards Study.
"The Community Energy Plan will meet our unique Halton Hills "PAREE Principle", said Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette. "The Plan will be practical, affordable, reasonable, educational and enforceable. It will provide a comprehensive roadmap for the Town to achieve operational efficiencies that will translate into lower operating costs at Town facilities. It will also guide our community in achieving lower greenhouse gas emissions, while realizing significant economic benefits. Our Plan is being undertaken in close collaboration and with the support of Halton Hills Community Energy Corporation, and advances our Community Sustainability Strategy. I am very pleased and appreciative that Halton Hills has been successful in receiving this Green Municipal Fund grant."
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.