Green Municipal Fund Commits $224,578 to Promote City of Regina Community Sustainability and Ross Industrial Park Eco-Industrial Networking



    REGINA, March 18 /CNW Telbec/ - His Worship Pat Fiacco, Mayor of the City
of Regina and Member of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the Honourable Tom Lukiwski, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister
for Democratic Reform, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of
Natural Resources, announced today two Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grants
totalling $224,578 for the City of Regina. The City has invested this funding
in two planning studies to develop Regina's Community Sustainability Plan and
to pursue eco-industrial networking opportunities for Ross Industrial Park.
    "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 Pat Fiacco on behalf of 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, the Government of Canada is assisting
municipalities across the country to ensure a cleaner and healthier
environment for Canadians," said the Honourable Tom Lukiwski, MP for
Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre. "I am proud to announce our government's
contribution to these two studies that will allow the City of Regina to plan
for a more eco-friendly future."
    Under the Community Sustainability Plan project, the City of Regina is
working along with over 20 community partners that are members of the Mayor's
Task Force on Regina's Future, to align the community's goals for the future
and enable the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    Regina's largest industrial park, the Ross Industrial Park, consists of
more than 400 businesses ranging from large refineries to non-retail
commercial operations and small distribution facilities. The City of Regina is
working with the Regina Eco-Industrial Network Association (REINA) to use the
Eco-Industrial Networking approach to develop an integrated strategy to
enhance the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of the Park's
transportation infrastructure and activities.
    "Thanks to FCM's Green Municipal Fund, the City of Regina has had the
opportunity to consider measures to build community sustainability and
eco-industrial networking that it might not have had otherwise," said Regina
Mayor Fiacco. "This planning will result in civic and environmental benefits
that will improve the quality of life for all residents of Regina. For
example, the Community Sustainability Plan will help our City grow its
community spirit while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 804,000 tonnes by
2012. In addition, the eco-industrial networking plan for Ross Industrial Park
will result in a more efficient use of natural resources, less congestion,
fewer greenhouse gas emissions, improved natural habitats, reduced exposure to
pollutants, and improved storm water quality."

    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 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 information on the City of Regina, visit http://www.regina.ca

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

    For information on 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: City of Regina: Gillian (Jill) Hyndman,
Communications Consultant, City of Regina, (306) 777-7498, Fax: (306)
777-6803, ghyndman@regina.ca; Green Municipal Fund: Lorie Boucher, Knowledge
Officer, Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, (613) 907-6298, Fax: (613) 244-1515, lboucher@fcm.ca; Natural
Resources Canada: Louise Girouard, Director of Communications, Minister's
Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663


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