First anniversary of Fonds Ecomunicipalité IGA - $900,000 and one year later, 120 environmental projects have been initiated!



    MONTREAL, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - IGA retailers are proud that the
$900,000 in funding they awarded last year helped 120 environmental projects
across Québec get off the ground. The aid was provided by Fonds
Ecomunicipalité IGA, initiated in June 2008 as part of a partnership with Jour
de la Terre. It should be noted that these investments, which will in time
total $2 million, were made possible by savings generated by consumers opting
for reusable bags.
    The first anniversary will also be an opportunity to announce funding for
61 new projects across Québec. Since the inception of Fonds Ecomunicipalité
IGA a year ago, a total of 120 projects (115 regular and 5 outstanding) have
been initiated. Funding for regular projects could range up to $10,000, while
funding for outstanding projects may vary between $40,000 and $50,000 each.
    "Because we're a network of independent retailers, it's important for us
to support our communities. That's why the idea of the fund is not only to
support environmental projects, but also to find a practical way of
implementing them in our communities. We chose to reinvest the savings
generated through the use of reusable bags and we thank our customers, who are
helping support 120 projects across Québec by doing their part for the
environment," said Luc Daigle, owner of IGA extra supermarket in
Sainte-Thérèse.
    Partnerships with organizations like Jour de la Terre that have expertise
foster an independent and credible process, ensuring that selected projects
will have a genuine impact on the environment where they are carried out.

    
    Fonds Ecomunicipalité timeline:
    -------------------------------

    June 2008        $1 million invested to create Fonds Ecomunicipalité IGA
    February 2009    Funding awarded to 54 projects
    April 22, 2009   $2 million added to continue the partnership for a
                     second year
    June 2009        Funding awarded to 65 projects
    

    For a detailed list of projects by region, visit www.iga.net/fonds.

    Municipalities, environmental non-governmental agencies (ENGOs) and
schools are invited to submit their projects by October 1 on the website
www.jourdelaterre.org.

    IGA is the biggest group of independent grocers in Canada, with roots in
Québec dating back to 1953. IGA retailers are constantly looking for new ways
to better serve their clientele. www.iga.net




For further information:

For further information: Anne-Hélène Lavoie, Senior Consultant,
Communications, Sobeys Québec, (514) 324-1010, ext. 2158


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