FCM's Green Municipal Fund supports the Town of Whitby's Sustainable Community Plan for Port Whitby



    WHITBY, ON, April 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, President of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que. and
the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Member of Parliament for Whitby-Oshawa and
Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Natural Resources, announced today a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for The
Corporation of the Town of Whitby.
    The $203 500 grant will be used to develop a Sustainable Community Plan
(SCP) for Port Whitby, focusing on specific harbour development areas that
encompass brownfield lands, harbourfront areas and the Whitby Go Station.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Jean Perrault, President of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que. "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 through the Green
Municipal Fund," said Minister Flaherty. "Today's announcement is another
example of how our Government - in partnership with the FCM - is helping
Whitby build a greener future for our citizens."
    Whitby Council will hold project meetings to provide local landowners and
the public with an overview of the project, and will consult several key
organizations and governing bodies. The project team will establish a
community profile, review best practices in comparable communities, and
establish guiding principles for planning based on community input. The team
will prepare a Concept Development Plan and analyze the technical and
financial feasibility of alternative energy sources and sustainable
infrastructure.
    Implementation of the Sustainable Community is expected to reduce waste
by 80 per cent, achieve a 20 to 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas
emissions by 2020, and a 15 to 30 per cent reduction in water consumption.
Implementation of the plan will provide community benefits through residential
development and employment and recreational opportunities.
    "Port Whitby is one of the oldest settlement areas in the Town of Whitby.
As we prepare for redevelopment in this area, we are thankful to have this
grant from the Green Municipal Fund to assist us in ensuring we are a
sustainable, environmentally responsible community for the current and future
needs of our citizens," said Whitby Mayor Pat Perkins.

    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: Robert Short, Planning Director, Town of
Whitby, ON, (905) 430-4306 ext. 4309, Fax: (905) 668-7812, shortb@whitby.ca,
http://www.town.whitby.on.ca; Dave Weatherall, Communications Officer, Green
Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, Fax:
(613) 244-1515, dweatherall@fcm.ca, http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca;
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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