Green Municipal Fund Commits $25,000 to the Town of Pincher Creek towards Reducing Energy Costs at its Multi-Purpose Sports and Recreation Facility



    PINCHER CREEK, AB, Oct. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - President Don Johnson of the
Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC), representing
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Ted Menzies, MP
(Macleod), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, representing
the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today a
$25,000 Green Municipal Fund grant to the Town of Pincher Creek to help it
assess the feasibility of integrating renewable energy options, and water and
energy conservation measures into the operation of the Pincher Creek
Multi-Purpose Facility (MPF). The goal is to improve the MPF's energy
efficiency and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs. The
facility was constructed in 1999 as an extension to an existing arena built in
1963. It is owned and operated by the Town of Pincher Creek and includes an
arena, swimming pool, fitness area, library and meeting rooms.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said AAMDC President Don Johnson, who also chairs FCM's Rural
Forum. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the
development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and
economically sustainable."
    "Sustainable communities are the foundation of a sustainable nation. And
that's a goal that we all share," said Ted Menzies, MP. "Through the Green
Municipal Fund, the Government of Canada is assisting municipalities across
the country to deliver results. Projects such as this will help to ensure a
cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians."
    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.
    "We want to operate the facility in a cost effective and sustainable
manner," said Mayor Gary Mills. "It is estimated that the study will help us
identify ways to achieve up to a 30 percent reduction in GHG emissions and up
to a 20 percent reduction in net water consumption."

    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: Town of Pincher Creek: Diane Burt Stuckey,
Director of Community Services, Alberta, (403) 627-4322, Fax: (403) 627-4311,
comsrvs@pinchercreek.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: Louise Girouard, Director of Communications, Minister's Office,
Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information
on the Town of Pincher Creek, AB, visit http://www.pinchercreek.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 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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