Green Municipal Fund commits $25,000 to the City of Coquitlam for corporate energy management and greenhouse gas emissions reduction



    COQUITLAM, BC, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Mayor Derek Corrigan of the City of
Burnaby, representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and
James Moore, MP (Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam), representing the
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today a $25,000
Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant to help the City of Coquitlam complete the
first three milestones of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program.
This includes updating their corporate (municipal) and community greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions inventory and forecast, setting a corporate emissions
reductions target, and developing a corporate local action plan.
    The City of Coquitlam has been a member of PCP since 1997. PCP is an FCM
program that provides services and tools to municipal governments to deal with
the challenges of climate change. By joining PCP, 144 Canadian municipal
governments, representing 70 percent of the population, have committed to
reduce greenhouse gases and act on climate change. FCM receives technical
support for PCP from ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the
coordinator of a 600-member worldwide network of communities addressing
climate change. PCP receives financial support from the Green Municipal Fund
as part of its Capacity Building Program.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments and their partners," said Mayor Derek Corrigan. "The financing and
knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that
are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Canadians want to see real results. Through the Green Municipal Fund,
Canada's new government is helping municipalities across the country deliver
results," said James Moore, MP. "With projects like this and the recently
announced ecoENERGY Initiatives, we are demonstrating our commitment to the
health and environment of Canadians."
    "The City of Coquitlam is interested in best practices and innovative
strategies to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions." said Mayor Maxine
Wilson. "An emissions reduction plan will cover all energy sources, as well as
all City services."
    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
is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities by promoting
strong, effective and accountable municipal government.




For further information:

For further information: City of Coquitlam, BC: Therese Mickelson,
Manager, Corporate Communication, (604) 927-3019, Fax: (604) 927-3015,
tmickelson@coquitlam.ca; Green Municipal Fund: Lucille Hodgins, Manager,
Community Liaison, Green Municipal Fund, Centre for Sustainable Community
Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6299, Cell:
(613) 447-0051; Fax: (613) 244-1515, lhodgins@fcm.ca; Natural Resources
Canada: Kathleen Olson, Acting Director of Communications, Minister's Office,
(613) 996-2007; Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information on the City of Coquitlam,
BC, visit http://www.coquitlam.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 Partners for
Climate Protection, visit
http://www.sustainablecommunities.ca/Capacity_Building/Energy/PCP/default.asp;
For information on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit
http://www.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

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