Green Municipal Fund Commits $700,000 to the City of Edmonton for Research on the Gasification of Municipal Waste and on Street Sand Recycling



    EDMONTON, March 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Edmonton Councillor Karen Leibovici,
representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and
Rahim Jaffer, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Strathcona, on behalf of the
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced two Green
Municipal Fund (GMF) grants totalling $700,000 to the City of Edmonton. The
city has invested this funding in supporting innovative waste processing and
street sand recycling projects.
    With GMF support, the City of Edmonton has helped to advance technology
for the gasification of Edmonton's municipal solid waste. The City of Edmonton
has also extended its 10-year GMF-funded street sand recycling pilot project
to research ways to extract salt from the water that is used to wash recovered
street sand.
    "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 Karen Leibovici. "The financing and knowledge
provided by the Fund support 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 to ensure a cleaner and healthier
environment for Canadians," said Rahim Jaffer, Member of Parliament. "I am
pleased to announce our government is helping the City of Edmonton to build a
more green future for its citizens by supporting these two projects."
    "Edmontonians know that the environment affects every aspect of our lives
and we work hard to ensure that we make as little impact on it as possible,"
said City of Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel. "We are committed to protecting
our environment and we're very pleased to be receiving this funding for these
two important city projects."
    The Green Municipal Fund has invested over $1.8 million in Edmonton to
date. The city will share information and results of the two GMF-supported
initiatives with other Canadian municipalities that could benefit from the new
technologies.
    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: City of Edmonton: Gwen Vanderdeen-Paschke, AMPW
Communications, (780) 496-6754, Cell: (780) 868-0103,
gwen.vanderdeen-paschke@edmonton.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 City of Edmonton, visit
www.edmonton.ca.; For information on the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, visit www.fcm.ca; For information on FCM's Green Municipal
Fund, including details of other approved projects and studies, visit
www.sustainablecommunities.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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