Green Municipal Fund: A resource for Québec municipalities



    QUEBEC CITY, QC, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Catherine Marchand,
Director responsible for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green
Municipal Fund (GMF), celebrated a number of GMF-supported sustainable
development projects in Québec municipalities.
    "Working hand in hand with Québec municipalities, the Green Municipal
Fund has been providing direct investment for sustainable community
development," said Marchand. "We are using this occasion to recognize existing
achievements in Québec and urge all Québec municipalities that are working on
sustainable development projects to consider grants and low-interest loans
from the Green Municipal Fund."
    "We are proud to be working in cooperation with the Ministère des
Affaires municipales et des Régions to make GMF funding opportunities
available to Québec municipalities," continued Marchand.
    Elected representatives from GMF-supported Québec municipalities met with
Marchand at the Fédération Québécoise des Municipalités' annual convention.
    "With the support of the Green Municipal Fund, the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
established a septic tank sludge collection system that has led to the
installation of a holding and treatment station," said Pierre Rondeau, MRC
Warden for La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau. "We are now able to sell the end product
as compost."
    "The Green Municipal Fund provided the City of Malartic with the
financial resources we were missing in order to complete an environmental
assessment of vacant lots in our community," said Malartic Mayor Fernand
Carpentier.
    Over the past eight years, the Green Municipal Fund has committed over
$13 million in grants and loans to Québec municipalities' sustainable
development initiatives.
    "This is just the beginning," said Marchand. "We look forward to
partnering with more and more Québec municipalities as they incorporate
sustainable development into their planning and practice, whether they are
taking cues from the Loi sur le développement durable, or responding to
growing citizen interest in reducing their ecological impact."
    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 improve air, water and soil quality and to address climate
change.




For further information:

For further information: Dave Weatherall, Communications Officer, Centre
for Sustainable Community Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities,
(613) 907-6292, dweatherall@fcm.ca

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