FCM's Green Municipal Fund Commits $6,920,000 to the City of Thunder Bay for Four Projects in Sustainable Community Planning, Wastewater and Solid Waste Control as well as Sustainable Energy Usage



    THUNDER BAY, ON, May 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Thunder Bay Councillor Linda
Rydholm, a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board Member, and the
Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today Green
Municipal Fund financial support totalling $6,920,000 for four projects in
sustainable community planning, wastewater and solid waste control as well as
sustainable energy usage in the City of Thunder Bay. The announcement is part
of celebrations marking the City's proclamation of Energy Conservation Week
and the launch of the Net Zero Business Guide developed with FCM funding
support.
    "These projects would not have been possible without support from FCM's
Green Municipal Fund," said Thunder Bay Mayor Linda Peterson. "We are already
seeing the benefits of these initiatives in our community, and they will have
a significant impact over the long term. I am pleased their announcement is
part of Thunder Bay's celebrations marking the proclamation of Energy
Conservation Week and the launch of the Net Zero Business Guide as developed
with FCM funding support."
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Councillor Rydholm, 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 Minister Raitt. "Today's announcement
is another example of how the Government of Canada - working with the FCM - is
helping the City of Thunder Bay build a greener future for its citizens."
    Under two community sustainability projects, the City of Thunder Bay is
developing feasibility plans that will achieve significant local environmental
improvement and community development goals. These planning projects involve:

    
    - the remediation of a 21-acre former snow and construction debris dump
      site near the Lake Superior waterfront in order to redevelop it as a
      regional emergency services training centre that will include green
      features for energy efficiency, water efficiency, and stormwater
      management; and
    - the implementation of the Thunder Bay Climate Change Action Plan, known
      as the EarthWise Thunder Bay Community Environmental Action Plan, that
      has as its immediate objectives a corporate greenhouse gas emissions
      reduction target of approximately 35 per cent, and a community
      greenhouse gas emissions reduction of approximately 10 per cent by
      2017.
    

    The wastewater project had two main goals. The first was to determine if
upgrades at the Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Control Plant could include
the conversion from primary to secondary treatment, the conversion from
chlorine gas to ultraviolet disinfection, as well as the addition of a
cogeneration facility and ammonia removal. The second project goal was the
provision of significant documentation for the development of a similar
pilot-based approach for tailored replication by other communities across
Canada. As a result of this project, Thunder Bay is now implementing
ultraviolet disinfection to reduce chemical discharge into the receiving
waters as well as a cogeneration system to capture biogas and reduce municipal
heating and electricity costs.
    The sustainable energy project investigated the feasibility of using
components of Thunder Bay's Loch Lomond water system as standby infrastructure
to generate hydroelectric power and supply untreated water to local businesses
for industrial use. The study also considered what treatment facilities and
water mains would be needed for the Loch Lomond system to provide treated
potable water to the Fort William First Nation.

    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.




For further information:

For further information: City of Thunder Bay: Karen Lewis, Manager -
Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives, City of Thunder Bay, (807)
625-3859, Cell: (807) 626-6901, klewis@thunderbay.ca,
http://www.thunderbay.ca; Green Municipal Fund: Dave Weatherall,
Communications Officer, Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, Fax: (613) 244-1515, dweatherall@fcm.ca,
http://www.fcm.ca/gmf; 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

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