Green Municipal Fund commits $9,725 to the Town of Woodstock for an energy audit and action plan



    WOODSTOCK, NB, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - President Karen Titus of the Union
of Municipalities of New Brunswick (UMNB), representing the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Mike Allen, Member of Parliament
(Tobique-Mactaquac), representing the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of
Natural Resources, announced today a $9,725 Green Municipal Fund grant to help
the Town of Woodstock conduct a detailed energy audit and develop an energy
action plan for their municipal facilities and motorized vehicles. The energy
audit will identify energy efficiency opportunities and provide an
implementation plan complete with capital costs, energy savings, paybacks and
associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. The action plan will be
part of their Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) commitment to reduce GHG
emissions.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said UMNB President Karen Titus, 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 Mike Allen, MP. "Through projects such as this, we are
demonstrating our commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment for
Canadians."
    Potential energy saving opportunities will include lighting systems,
building retrofits, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and energy
management control systems. Water conservation may also be a direct result of
this study through initiatives such as auto shut-off fixtures in public
showers, washrooms, pool heating and dehumidification.
    "The facilities included in the study currently produce an estimated
1,700 tonnes of GHG per year," said Mayor Jeff Wright. By implementing
energy-saving measures, we estimate that the Town can achieve savings in
energy and GHG emissions of approximately 20 percent."
    PCP is a network managed by the FCM Centre for Sustainable Community
Development. Through PCP, 148 municipal governments, representing 70 percent
of the population, have committed to reduce greenhouse gases and act on
climate change. FCM receives technical support for PCP from ICLEI-Local
Governments for Sustainability. PCP receives financial support from the Green
Municipal Fund.
    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 Woodstock, NB: Ed Dickinson, Director
of Administrative Services, (506) 325-4600, Fax: (506) 325-4308,
ed.dickinson@town.woodstock.nb.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 Woodstock, visit http://town.woodstock.nb.ca; For information
on the Green Municipal Fund and Partners for Climate Protection, 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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