Green Municipal Fund Invests $2,223,899 to Promote City of Guelph Community Sustainability and Environmental Waste Management



    GUELPH, ON, March 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Guelph Councillor Lise Burcher,
representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the
Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills,
announced today Green Municipal Fund (GMF) support totalling $2,223,899 for
the City of Guelph. The city has invested this funding in six different
initiatives to promote community sustainability and effective waste
management.
    "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 Lise Burcher on behalf of 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 to ensure a cleaner and healthier
environment for Canadians," said the Honourable Michael Chong. "I am pleased
our government is working with FCM and the City of Guelph to help make these
six projects happen. This will contribute to a more eco-friendly future for
the citizens of Guelph."
    Under three community sustainability projects, the City of Guelph is
working with community and other stakeholders to develop feasibility plans
that will achieve significant local environmental improvement and community
development goals. These planning projects involve:

    
    - The development of assessments and action plans towards the remediation
      of a former metal foundry and salvage yard at 200 Beverly Street so
      that the site may provide future opportunities for possible land uses
      such as housing, commercial, parkland, and institutional development.
    - The preparation of a local growth management strategy that will guide
      the city's development for the next quarter century. This Plan intended
      to implement the Provinces' Growth Plan for the Greater Golden
      Horseshoe and will input Guelph's 'values' for community
      sustainability. Particular attention is being given to urban
      intensification, transit supportive development, downtown rejuvenation,
      the creation of a 'complete' community and environmental protection.
    - The development of a community energy plan that will reduce corporate
      and community energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by way of a long-
      term strategy for prioritizing energy considerations in community
      planning and development.

    With GMF support the City of Guelph is also engaged in three environmental
waste management projects that will lead to the fulfillment of important
municipal waste management and landfill gas utilization goals. These three
projects involve:

    - A comprehensive review of Guelph's current solid waste management
      system in order to identify a new preferred waste management system
      that will target the diversion of 70 per cent of waste per year.
    - The construction of a three megawatt landfill gas (LFG) utilization
      facility at the Eastview Landfill site to serve as a backup for the
      existing LFG flare system and, when commissioned, allow for a potential
      annual reduction of 185,000 tonnes of direct CO(2)e emissions.
    - Field testing of the preliminary design for a proposed biosolids
      processing facility at the City of Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant
      which will lead to a decrease in the quantity of biosolids requiring
      management and storage, the maintenance of lower cost biosolids
      handling equipment, beneficial biosolids reuse and improvement of the
      hydrolysis of organic material and gas production.
    

    "These projects would not have been possible without support from FCM's
Green Municipal Fund," said Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge. "We are already
seeing the benefits of these initiatives in our community, and they will have
a significant impact over the long term."
    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 Guelph: Tara Sprigg, Manager of
Corporate Communications, City of Guelph, (519) 822-1260, extension 2610,
tara.sprigg@guelph.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 Guelph, visit  http://www.guelph.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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