Government of Canada and FCM support Waterloo’s action on greenhouse gases and energy-efficiency (25/05/2015)
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Waterloo, ON — Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener — Waterloo and Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, today announced Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grants for the City of Waterloo. In total, the city has received $109,655 in funding from GMF, with $76,600 that was put towards a study to support implementation of Waterloo's municipal government operations energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) conservation action plan, and $33,055 that was used to help identify measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions at numerous city-owned facilities.
"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 MP Braid. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like the City of Waterloo build a greener future for our citizens."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities — and behaviours — that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
"The City of Waterloo's municipal energy and GHG action plan has goals that link to sustainable transportation, local energy production, water conservation, and waste diversion.
The study of the energy performance of municipal buildings has identified physical changes and operational improvements to conserve both energy and water while also reducing GHG emissions. In addition, the potential for solar energy on eight city-owned buildings continues to be evaluated.
"Our city has an environmental strategy in place to steer us to greater levels of sustainability," said Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. "This generous funding will help us advance our environmental goal of using our energy and resources efficiently while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste."
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.