FCM's Green Municipal Fund Commits $45,000 to the Town of Gibsons for Gospel Rock Community Sustainability Strategy Study



    GIBSONS, BC, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke,
Québec, and President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with
the Honourable James Moore, Member of Parliament (Port Moody-Westwood-Port
Coquitlam) and Secretary of State (2010 Olympics, Asia - Pacific Gateway,
Official Languages), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of
Natural Resources, announced today a $45,000 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant
to the Town of Gibsons. The Town will use the grant to develop a community
sustainability strategy as part of the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Mayor Perrault, representing FCM. "The financing and
knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that
are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Our government is assisting municipalities across the country in
achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians
through the Green Municipal Fund," said the Honourable James Moore. "Today's
announcement is another example of how the Government of Canada is helping
Gibsons build a greener future for its citizens."
    Gibson's Gospel Rock Sustainable Community Plan will guide the
development of policy and regulations for the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan.
The Town will assess a number of sustainability strategies to determine their
technical, economic and social feasibility. The strategies include:
Implementing renewable energy district heating systems; reducing building
energy consumption through design and construction; reducing water consumption
through efficient plumbing fixtures and re-using rainwater for landscape
irrigation; reducing storm water run-off into ocean waters; and transportation
demand management techniques to reduce single-occupant vehicle travel and
associated emissions of greenhouse gases. Ocean-heat exchange, geoexchange and
wastewater heat recovery district-scale systems will be examined as potential
renewable energy sources.
    The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities with $550 million to establish and manage 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.
    "Thanks to FCM's Green Municipal Fund, the Town of Gibsons can now
establish a realistic sustainable community strategy for the Gospel Rock
area," said Mayor Barry Janyk. "Advancing the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan
and its community sustainability elements is both a huge challenge and dynamic
opportunity for us to foster our own inclusive planning process that will
provide a technically rigorous, aesthetically pleasant, and practical
strategy."

    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.

    For information on the Town of Gibsons, visit http://www.gibsons.ca
    For information on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit
    http://www.fcm.ca
    For information on the Green Municipal Fund, including details of other
    approved projects and studies, visit
    http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca
    For information on Natural Resources Canada, visit
    http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca
    For information on Environment Canada, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca




For further information:

For further information: Town of Gibsons, BC: Chris Marshall MCIP,
Director of Planning, Town of Gibsons, (604) 886-2274, Fax: (604) 886-9735,
chrismarshall@gibsons.ca; Green Municipal Fund: Raymond Sullivan,
Communications Manager, Centre for Sustainable Community Development,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6294, Fax: (613) 244-1515,
rsullivan@fcm.ca; Natural Resources Canada: Jasmine MacDonnell, Press
Secretary, Minister's Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax:
(613) 943-0663

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