FCM's Green Municipal Fund Commits $51,189 to the Town of Quispamsisfor Groundwater Resource and Energy Management Plans



    QUISPAMSIS, NB, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, Mayor of
Sherbrooke, Québec, and President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM) with Rob Moore, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal and Parliamentary
Secretary for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on
behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced
today Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grants in total of $51,189 for the Town of
Quispamsis. The Town will use a $10,000 grant to develop an energy management
action plan for its municipal operations and vehicle fleet, and a
$41,189 grant to conduct a hydrogeological study and initiate a long-term
management plan for its groundwater resources.
    "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."
    "Through the Green Municipal Fund, our government is assisting
municipalities across the country in achieving their goal of a cleaner and
healthier environment for Canadians," said MP Rob Moore. "Today's announcement
is another example of how the Government of Canada is helping Quispamsis build
a greener future for its citizens."
    The Town of Quispamsis is taking proactive measures relating to the
long-term sustainability of its fresh water supply, by first conducting a
thorough hydrogeological study, and then developing an aquifer protection and
management plan. Once the Town's groundwater model is completed, Quispamsis
will assess future infrastructure requirements and costs associated with
achieving long-term security of the Town's public water supply.
    Under its Sustainable Community Development plan, the Town recently
conducted a detailed energy audit of its facilities. A local action plan is
now underway to implement facility energy efficiency measures, such as the
installation of a low-e ceiling curtain for its arena, new energy-efficient
windows and siding for the civic centre, the addition of lighting timers for
municipal sports fields, and automation and efficiency measures for its
wastewater treatment facilities. Fuel efficiency measures for its vehicle
fleet are also underway, and include the implementation of an automated fuel
management system and vehicle monitoring to reduce idling time.
    The goal of the local action plan is an annual greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions reduction of approximately 826 tonnes by the year 2011 - which
represents a 20 per cent decrease from 1994 levels. The Town of Quispamsis was
the first municipality in New Brunswick to join FCM's Partners for Climate
Protection (PCP) network and was one of its inaugural network members when FCM
launched the program in 1994.
    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, soil quality, and
climate protection.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund has been instrumental in supporting the Town
of Quispamsis as it proactively assesses its groundwater resources, reduces
its greenhouse gas emissions from municipal operations and works with its
citizens to ensure long-term sustainability within our community," said
Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll. "Through energy efficiency measures
undertaken at a number of our municipal buildings following the energy audit
and local action plan, we are already experiencing energy cost savings and GHG
emissions reductions. We feel confident that we are on track to meet our goal
of a 20 per cent reduction in GHG emissions from 1994 levels by 2011. And we
are looking forward to our next phase of the initiative as we engage community
members and raise awareness on how simple, everyday actions can result in
significant reductions in personal carbon footprints."

    
     FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901.
     It fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life
     bypromoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.
    

    For information on the Town of Quispamsis, visit
http://142.166.3.145/index.cfm;

    For information on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit
http://www.fcm.ca

    For information on Partners for Climate Protection and 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 Quispamsis, NB: Catherine Snow, Town
Clerk, Town of Quispamsis, (506) 849-5738, Fax: (506) 849-5799,
csnow@quispamsis.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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