KINGSTON, ON, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - City of Kingston Councillor Leonore
Foster, a member of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Mr. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for
Leeds-Grenville, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird,
announced today a $8,350,000 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) loan for the City of
Kingston. The loan is helping the City of Kingston to finance the building of
a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) police facility that
was completed last fall.
"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 Leonore Foster. "The financing and knowledge
provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
"The Government of Canada is committed to protecting and preserving our
environment," said Mr. Brown. "I am pleased to be here to congratulate the
city of Kingston for their innovative planning and real environmental action.
This is another example of the good work our Government is doing with the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities to create cleaner and healthier
communities across our great country."
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
Kingston has developed the first building within the City constructed to
a LEED standard. This new police facility targeted LEED Silver, but strives to
achieve LEED Gold standards featuring innovation in sustainable sites, water
efficiency, energy, materials, resources, indoor air quality, and design.
In 2004 Kingston City Council adopted a policy whereby all new building
constructions and large retrofit designs require a LEED assessment. The City
of Kingston is one of a handful of Canadian Municipalities such as the City of
Vancouver, City of Victoria and City of Calgary that have adopted such a
policy. The LEED certification process promotes responsible economical and
environmental decision making by incorporating the operating costs into
capital cost considerations.
"I am proud that the City of Kingston is making every effort to construct
our new municipal facilities in the most environmentally-friendly way
possible," said Mayor Harvey Rosen. "Kingston's new police headquarters is the
latest example of our high standards in this regard. This building will be
used every day in our city for many years to come. Making use of the LEED
standard in construction is certainly a responsible way for Kingston to
operate our buildings, while minimizing potentially harmful damage to our
environment. I am delighted that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is
supporting this important municipal project."
The FCM-funded project is located on what was a brownfield site that has
been remediated under the City's Community Improvement Plan, noted City of
Kingston Mayor Harvey Rosen. "Previously this site was dormant for some time
and an economic challenge for the City. Now the site is home to a
state-of-the-art sustainable building containing a variety of facilities
related to daily police activities."
The City of Kingston is located halfway between Montreal and Toronto, on
the shores of Lake Ontario. It represents 117,000 residents.
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: City of Kingston: Cindie Ashton, Communications
Officer, City of Kingston, (613) 546-4291, extension 3116, Cell: (613)
329-3462, Fax: (613) 546-3180, firstname.lastname@example.org; Green Municipal
Fund: Raymond Sullivan, Communications Manager, Centre for Sustainable
Community Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6294,
Fax: (613) 244-1515, email@example.com; Environment Canada: Eric Richer, Press
Secretary, Minister's Office, Environment Canada, (819) 997-1441, Fax: (819)
953-0279, firstname.lastname@example.org; For information on the City of Kingston, visit
http://www.cityofkingston.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
Environment Canada, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca