FCM's Green Municipal Fund announces over $ 4 million in Loans and Grants to Support Sustainable Infrastructure Projects in Saint John



    SAINT JOHN, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, President of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que. and
Rodney Weston Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable
Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today four Green
Municipal Fund (GMF) funding approvals for the City of Saint John.
    Perrault and Weston were also joined by New Brunswick Minister of Local
Government, Bernard LeBlanc, who recently concluded an agreement with the
Green Municipal Fund that guarantees all New Brunswick municipalities have
complete access to all GMF loans and grants.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund is an excellent way for all municipalities in
New Brunswick to access low-interest loans and grants that will help them
invest in their local sustainable infrastructure projects," said FCM President
Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Qué. "We are pleased that by working
closely with the Government of New Brunswick and the province's municipal
associations, we now have an agreement in place that guarantees all New
Brunswick municipalities enjoy full access to FCM's Green Municipal Fund for
projects like the ones we are announcing today."
    "Our Government is assisting municipalities across the country in
achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment through the Green
Municipal Fund," said Mr. Weston. "Today's announcement is another example of
how our Government - in partnership with the FCM - is helping the City of
Saint John build a greener future for their citizens."
    "Our community recognizes it is the inherent responsibility of every
individual and organization to embrace a shared commitment to environmental
stewardship, and to live in balance with our natural resources," said Saint
John Mayor Ivan Court. "We are extremely pleased with the announcement today,
as access to this funding will allow us to move closer to our Community Vision
of leading the nation as an example of a sustainable community."
    The City of Saint John will use the GMF funding to complete the Canada
Games Aquatic Centre Energy Efficiency retrofit ($1,795,048 in GMF funding),
the Saint John Transit Commission New Construction LEED Silver Transit and
Operation Centre ($1,569,122.00 in GMF funding), LEED Gold Police Headquarters
($844,762.00 in GMF funding) and the Saint John Integrated Community
Sustainability Plan ($63,950.00 in GMF funding). A more detailed breakdown of
each project is available in the attached backgrounder.
    "Today's investment will help the City of Saint John to proceed with
important green infrastructure projects and help us work toward our goal of
self-sufficiency," said Bernard LeBlanc, Minister of Local Government. "By
collaborating with organizations such as the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, we are assisting New Brunswick municipalities to become even
more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."

    The Green Municipal Fund is an endowment financed by the Government of
Canada and managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. 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 sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting
strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.

    
                    Federation of Canadian Municipalities

                           Project Background Notes

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            Green Municipal Fund announcement of funding for four
       sustainable infrastructure projects in the City of Saint John.
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                         Friday, February 20th, 2009
                                  2:15 p.m.

                         City of Saint John City Hall
                   The Ludlow Room located on the 8th floor
                               15 Market Square
                                   C.P.1971
                               Saint John (NB)
                                   E2L 4L1
    

    The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal
Fund(TM)(GMF). The Fund is a long-term, sustainable source of grants and
below-market loans for municipal governments and their partners.
    GMF grants and below-market loans directly support municipal initiatives,
while GMF education and training services help municipal governments share
expertise and strengthen their ability to set and surpass their sustainability
goals.
    The Fund provides below-market loans and grants, as well as education and
training services to support municipal initiatives that improve air, water and
soil quality, and protect the climate. Grants are available for sustainable
community plans, feasibility studies and field tests, while a combination of
grants and loans are available for capital projects. Funding is allocated in
five sectors of municipal activity: brownfields, energy, transportation, waste
and water. To ensure the greatest possible impact, GMF invests in initiatives
that will significantly benefit the environment and are also likely to improve
local economies and quality of life. GMF shares the lessons and expertise
gained through these initiatives and provides training to encourage other
communities to replicate their success.
    The following funding announcement will be made on Friday, February 20th,
2009:

    City of Saint John Canada Games Aquatic Centre Energy Efficiency Retrofit

    Grant Amount: $ 233,356
    Loan Amount: $ 1,561,692

    In a continuation of its work to establish leadership in environmental
sustainability, the City of Saint John will retrofit the Canada Games Aquatic
Centre (CGAC) for increased energy efficiency. The proposed project will
create energy savings of 40.5 per cent over its previous three years average
energy consumption through measures such as installation of fluorescent, LED,
and solar daylight tube lighting with advanced control technologies;
water-conserving and waterless plumbing fixtures; solar, air and water heating
systems; comprehensive air-gap sealing and interior partitioning; and
high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The
CGAC will be the first recreational building in New Brunswick to implement
up-to-date solar technology for heating, water heating, and lighting, and the
city is planning to use the building as a showcase that can inspire other
municipalities, business communities, developers, and the public to develop
and use renewable energy technologies. Given that the CGAC hosts many major
aquatic events, a learning kiosk will be created to reach a wide audience.

    Saint John Transit Commission New Construction LEED Silver Transit and
    Operation Centre

    Grant Amount: $ 204,668
    Loan Amount: $ 1,364,454

    To replace currently outdated and undersized premises, the Saint John
Transit Commission will build a new operations centre to meet LEED Silver
guidelines. The goal of this development is to support an increase in transit
ridership to 4 million from 2.6 million, and save 158,000 km annually in
running costs by moving the premises to an underdeveloped near-central
location. The new building is designed to be 43.6 per cent more energy
efficient than a similar building reference under the Model National Energy
Code for Buildings. Two major contributors to those savings are the
200-square-metre solar south wall, the first in Atlantic Canada, which will
provide 8 per cent of the building's energy; and a 100,000-litre underground
water storage system that will hold rainwater channelled from the building's
roof for use in washing buses. Other contributors include increased building
envelope insulation and energy-efficient windows; efficient lighting, with
occupancy and light sensors and a 75 per cent daylight requirement in
regularly occupied spaces; heat-recovery ventilation; and efficient heating,
ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The project will contribute
substantially to the city's Municipal Energy Efficiency Program, which aims to
reduce operational energy consumption by 25 per cent by 2011.

    City of Saint John New Construction LEED Gold Police Headquarters

    Grant Amount: $ 110,186
    Loan Amount: $ 734,576

    City of Saint John will build its new regional police headquarters in a
currently underused site, thereby consolidating currently scattered police
operations and helping to redevelop a neighbourhood. The closeness of the
building to the provincial LEED Silver Justice Complex will also promote
sustainability and energy efficiency through a joint investment in the city's
planned district heating and cooling system, which will use the nearby waters
of Saint John Harbour as its geothermal source. The project is designed to
achieve LEED Gold certification, with a minimum energy savings of 56.4 per
cent compared with a similar building reference under the Model National
Energy Code for Buildings. Aspects of the building that will contribute to
those energy savings include increased building envelope and interior wall
insulation with use of thermal mass, a green roof, energy-efficient windows,
efficient lighting, heat-recovery ventilation, efficient heating, ventilation
and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, garage heating assist from exhaust air
and a solar power system. Other co-benefits will include rainwater collection
for non-consumption uses, low-flow plumbing fixtures, water recycling and a
rainwater harvesting system, incorporation of heritage preservation, a
non-toxic shooting range, and recognition as one of the first LEED Gold
building in the Maritimes. The project will contribute substantially to the
city's Municipal Energy Efficiency Program, which aims to reduce operational
energy consumption by 25 per cent by 2011.

    Saint John Integrated Community Sustainability Plan

    Grant Amount: $ 63,950

    The City of Saint John is developing an Integrated Community
Sustainability Plan (ICSP): Vision 2015, to enable the City to lead the nation
as an example of a sustainable community. The City expects that the plan will
allow the City to align its services with its community vision and embark on
the process of continuous improvement. Dialogue through community consultation
is a key foundation of this planning process. Already through the visioning
component of Vision 2015, the community has voiced over 15,000 opinions and
ideas on the future of the City. Another key foundation is taking a systems
approach to the planning and implementation processes, by encouraging inter-
and intra-organizational communication and acknowledging that an improvement
in one area of a system may impact positively or negatively on another area of
the system. Finally, the City is taking a sustainable approach to decision
making, accounting for all resources - economic, social and environmental -
and recognizing full costs of decisions in a way that supports financial,
environmental and community well-being over the long term.




For further information:

For further information: Green Municipal Fund: Dave Weatherall,
Communications Officer, Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, Fax: (613) 244-1515, dweatherall@fcm.ca,
www.fcm.ca/gmf; City of Saint John: Julia McGuire, Communications Officer City
of Saint John, (506) 648 3714, julia.mcguire@saintjohn.ca, www.saintjohn.ca;
Natural Resources Canada: Jasmine MacDonnell, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663,
http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; Government of New Brunswick: Chris Connor,
Communications Officer, Department of Local Government, (506) 444-4693,
chris.connor@gnb.ca, www.gnb.ca;

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