IGA donates $386,000 to Québec regions as part of the first series of environmental projects



    MONTREAL, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - IGA retailers across Québec are proud to
announce 57 projects chosen as part of the first series of funding by Fonds
Ecomunicipalité IGA. A total of $386,000 will be donated to fund environmental
initiatives in Québec regions, including $50,000 in the "Outstanding Projects"
category awarded to Comité Saint-Urbain's community composting centre in
Montréal.
    Instead of giving back a few cents to consumers when they use their own
bags, IGA announced in June 2008 that it would instead donate over $1,000,000
to fund environmental initiatives throughout Québec.
    "The range and diversity of projects submitted to Fonds Ecomunicipalité
IGA clearly demonstrate the abundance of ideas and approaches out there.
Thanks to the fund, these projects are taking shape and becoming a lever of
sustainable development at the same time. This would not have been possible
without the participation of IGA stores and customers who bring their own bags
to carry their groceries, and we thank them!" said Pierre Lussier, director of
Earth Day Quebec.
    "IGA stores are known for being committed to their communities and are
proud to take part in this exciting venture. We are convinced that our
respective regions will reap the benefits of these environmental projects,"
said Bruno Lambert, owner of the IGA in Saint-Bruno and representative of IGA
retailers.
    To view the complete list of projects (French only) selected in Québec or
obtain more information on funding applications, please visit www.IGA.net or
www.jourdelaterre.org.
    Registration for the second series of projects ends March 1, 2009.
Municipalities, environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) and
schools are invited to apply now.

    IGA is the largest group of independent grocers in Canada, with roots in
Québec dating back to 1953. IGA retailers are constantly looking for new ways
to better serve their clientele.




For further information:

For further information: Anne-Hélène Lavoie, Senior Consultant,
Communications, Sobeys Québec, (514) 324-1010, ext. 2158

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