Green Municipal Fund commits $47,500 to the Town of Carstairs' sustainable community growth



    CARSTAIRS, AB, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - President Bob Hawkesworth of the
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), representing the Federation
of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Myron Thompson, MP (Wild Rose),
representing the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources,
announced today a $47,500 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the Town of
Carstairs to conduct a planning study to ensure that appropriate
infrastructure is in place to support projected community growth in a
sustainable manner. The Town estimates that implementing the study
recommendations could help reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by
1,200 tonnes and nitrogen oxides emissions by 150 kilograms.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said AUMA President Bob Hawkesworth, representing FCM. "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 Myron Thompson, MP. "With projects like this and the recently
announced ecoENERGY Initiatives, we are demonstrating our commitment to the
health and environment of 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.
    "The study will assess future development impacts on the Town's ability
to provide water, sewer, transportation and storm water management services,"
said Mayor Lance Colby, Town of Carstairs. "It will produce a sequence for
development that will take population thresholds into account and relate
expected growth to land use requirements and infrastructure needs. This will
enable Carstairs to decrease both operating and capital costs by planning
infrastructure maintenance and future upgrades on population growth."
    The road and transportation portion of the study will include a review of
bylaws and policies. It will address also the need for a more efficient
transportation network to help mitigate carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide
impacts. An integrated pathway system that links the various areas of the
community will be considered to help reduce motor vehicle emissions.

    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: Town of Carstairs, AB: Jeannette Austin,
Director of Community Services, (403) 337-3341, Fax: (403) 337-3343,
comserv@town.carstairs.ab.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,
Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information
on the Town of Carstairs, visit http://www.town.carstairs.ab.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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