Government of Canada and FCM support Yellowknife’s new energy-efficiency and emissions targets (25/05/2015)
Yellowknife, NT — 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 highlighted a recent Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant of $85,800 for the City of Yellowknife. The City put the funding towards developing a new community energy plan with additional greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
"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. "This contribution is another example of how our government - in partnership with the FCM - is helping communities like the City of Yellowknife build a greener future for our citizens."
"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 support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The City of Yellowknife is a member of FCM's Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. Member communities commit to specific actions to reduce GHG emissions and protect the climate. Yellowknife attained the last of its PCP objectives in 2012 and is now raising the corporate and community emissions targets to more challenging levels.
The new community energy plan is part of Yellowknife's effort to make its operations carbon-neutral. Measures include reducing greenhouse gas emissions through composting, increasing energy efficiency, and using renewable fuels. Yellowknife will also explore innovative ways to fund energy-efficient building retrofits.
"Yellowknife is raising the bar. We have a Community Energy Plan that lets us measure progress toward our efficiency and emissions goals," said Mayor Mark Heyck. "We are proud to work with the federal government and FCM, through the Green Municipal Fund, to establish Yellowknife not just as a green community, but as one of Canada's greenest."
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.