Green Municipal Fund Commits $260,752 to the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George



    First Sustainable Landscapes Field Test for Northern Communities

    PRINCE GEORGE, BC, Nov. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Mayor Sharon Hartwell of the
Village of Telkwa, representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM), and Mr. Richard Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George,
today announced a $260,752 Green Municipal Fund grant to the University of
Northern British Columbia (UNBC). The grant will help UNBC, the City of Prince
George, and a coalition of community partners test ecologically sustainable
landscape options in the community. Information derived from the research will
be used to demonstrate sustainable landscaping practices for northern
ecosystems and to quantify the beneficial impacts on water, soil and air
quality. Ultimately, the information from the field test will guide the
development of the City's long term master plan for sustainable landscaping.
    "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 Sharon Hartwell, representing FCM.
"The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of
communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically
sustainable."
    "This investment in sustainable communities is another example of the
Government of Canada's commitment to deliver real results for all Canadians
and help make this country a world-leader on the environment," said
Mr. Harris. "Through the Green Municipal Fund, our government is assisting
municipalities across the country and their partners deliver results for a
cleaner, healthier environment."
    "Thousands of trees have been cut down in Prince George in response to
the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic so this research is timely and needed," said
Dr. Don Cozzetto, President of UNBC. "In our region, a sustainable environment
is integral to having sustainable communities and these kinds of research
projects support our vision of being Canada's Green University."
    The final report from the field test will identify specific northern
practices that will lead to possible reductions in herbicide, pesticide,
fungicide, water use, and air pollution through appropriate landscaping
choices for northern climates. It will also include analysis of financial
implications while identifying economic development and public health
benefits.
    "We expect that this study will benefit most Canadian municipalities
faced with short growing seasons, limited maintenance resources, road salt
deposits, and pressure to eliminate pesticides." said City of Prince George
Mayor, Colin Kinsley. "This is another example of how Prince George is leading
the nation, in partnership with our university."

    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 further information:

For further information: University of Northern British Columbia: Annie
Booth, Associate Professor, University of Northern British Columbia, (250)
960-6649, Cell: (250) 640-8407, Fax: (250) 960-5538, annie@unbc.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 sustainable landscape field test,
visit: http://web.unbc.ca/sustainablelandscape; For information on UNBC, visit
www.unbc.ca; For information on the City of Prince George, visit
http://www.city.pg.bc.ca; For information on the Green Municipal Fund,
including details of other approved projects and studies, visit
www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca; For information on the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities, visit www.fcm.ca; For information on Natural
Resources Canada, visit www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; For information on Environment
Canada, visit www.ec.gc.ca

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