Green Municipal Fund Commits $350,000 to the Town of Otterburn Park for the New Pointe-Valaine Community Centre



    OTTERBURN PARK, QC, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Saint Laurent Councillor
Maurice Cohen, representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM),
and Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for
Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn,
Minister of Natural Resources, announced today a $350,000 Green Municipal Fund
(GMF) grant for the Town of Otterburn Park. The Town has invested this funding
in the construction of the newly completed Pointe-Valaine Community Centre.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Councillor Cohen, representing 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 ensure a cleaner and healthier environment
for Canadians," said Mr. Gourde. "With this state-of-the-art, energy
efficient, eco-friendly community centre, the people of Otterburn Park are
demonstrating real environmental leadership, setting an excellent example for
all of us."
    The new Pointe-Valaine Community Centre is a project involving
construction of a community building using LEED (Leader in Energy Efficient
Design) standards and the ecological rehabilitation of a recreational site on
the Richelieu River. The Community Centre will use 60 per cent less energy by
comparison with a standard building. This will result in a decrease of 13,567
kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per year as well as decreases in potable
water consumption of 235,000 litres per year, rainwater effluent by 533,460
litres per year and wastewater by 171,500 litres per year. In addition, the
site's ecological rehabilitation has removed agricultural and petroleum
contaminents in the ground and will cut the quantity of suspended solids,
phosphorus and nitrogen that flows into the Richelieu River.
    "The Pointe-Valaine Community Centre building and site rehabilitation
have given a golden opportunity to the Town of Otterburn Park to gain some
significant environmental benefits while reaffirming our civic pride," said
Otterburn Park Mayor Gérard Schafroth. "This project helps maximize local
water, soil and air quality while contributing to Otterburn Park's sense of
community and cultural well being. Furthermore, the Town has already benefited
from the significant contribution of talent, skills and labour of local
professionals to this project on a site that is central to our heritage.
Ultimately all of this improves the quality of life of every resident of
Otterburn Park."
    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: Town of Otterburn Park, QC: Jenifer Brault,
Communications Manager, Town of Otterburn Park, (450) 536-0298, Fax: (450)
467-8260, jeniferbrault@ville.otterburnpark.qc.ca; Green Municipal Fund:
Raymond Sullivan, Communications Manager, Centre for Sustainable  Community
Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6294, Fax: 
(613) 244-1515, rsullivan@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 Otterburn Park,
visit http://www.ville.otterburnpark.qc.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


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