The FCM's Green Municipal Fund Announces 2.1 Million Dollar Grants for Sustainable Development Initiatives in 14 Quebec Municipalities



    GATINEAU, QC, May 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, President of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of Sherbrooke (Québec),
and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government
Services, on behalf of Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources Canada,
announced today a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant of 2.1 million dollars for
sustainable development projects in 14 Quebec municipalities. Attached is a
detailed description of each project.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources that specifically
address the sustainable community development needs of municipal government,"
declared Jean Perrault. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund
supports the development of communities that are more environmentally,
socially and economically sustainable."
    "Our Government is assisting municipalities across the country in
achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment through the Green
Municipal Fund," said Minister Paradis. "The grant announced today is another
example of how our Government-in partnership with the FCM-is helping Quebec
municipalities build a greener future for our citizens."
    The grants were announced in a speech made by Mr. Jean Perrault during
the Union des municipalités du Québec's annual session in Gatineau.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund allows municipalities to do their part by
setting up innovative projects whose benefits will help improve the quality of
life of the communities while being a source of inspiration for those who want
to launch similar environmental initiatives. It also serves to incorporate
other facets, whether social or economic, of sustainable development into the
municipal administration, by providing resources to develop action plans,"
declared Mr. Robert Coulombe, President of the Union des municipalités du
Québec and Mayor of Maniwaki (Qc.).
    The Green Municipal Fund is an endowment funded by the Government of
Canada and managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. 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.


    
                 Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green
                               Municipal Fund

                         Background notes on projects

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       2.1 million $ in grants to support sustainable initiatives in 14
                            Québéc municipalities
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                             Friday May 15 2009
                                     12 h

                           Hilton-Lac Leamy hotel
                            3 boulevard du Casino
                               Gatineau (Qc.)


    The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund(TM) (GMF). The
Fund is a long-term, sustainable source of grants and below-market loans for
municipal governments and their partners.
    GMF grants and below-market loans directly support municipal initiatives,
while GMF education and training services help municipal governments share
expertise and strengthen their ability to set and surpass their sustainability
goals.
    The Fund provides below-market loans and grants, as well as education and
training services to support municipal initiatives that improve air, water and
soil quality, and protect the climate. Grants are available for sustainable
community plans, feasibility studies and field tests, while a combination of
grants and loans are available for capital projects. Funding is allocated in
five sectors of municipal activity: brownfields, energy, transportation, waste
and water.
    To ensure the greatest possible impact, GMF invests in initiatives that
will significantly benefit the environment and are also likely to improve
local economies and quality of life. GMF shares the lessons and expertise
gained through these initiatives and provides training to encourage other
communities to replicate their success.
    The following funding announcement werebe made on Friday, May 15th, 2009
during a speech by FCM president Jean Perrault at the l'Union des
municipalités du Québec annual session in Gatineau:

    City of Victoriaville
    GMF grant : $ 107 500

    The City of Victoriaville is using the GMF grant to study a thermal
hydrolysis treatment technology that would allow it to improve the procedure
for treating wastewater treatment sludge. The Université du Québec's Institut
national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) that developed this technology
will carry out the study for the City.
    This new technology allows a preliminary treatment of raw wastewater to
reduce the amount of sludge destined for reclaiming while producing a more
stable, cleaner sludge. Furthermore, it opens new avenues for disposing of the
sludge.
    The City expects that this system will reduce carbon dioxide emissions
associated with the transportation and disposal of the sludge and will
therefore contribute to reducing energy consumption at the wastewater
treatment plant.

    Town of Sainte-Thérèse
    GMF grant : $ 219 097

    The City of Sainte-Thérèse is testing a soil vapour extraction technique
combined with thermal enhancement to remediate a city-owned site contaminated
by toluene, an aromatic hydrocarbon that is widely used as an industrial
feedstock and as a solvent. The 9,500m2 site is located in a residential
neighbourhood. The contamination was discovered in 2004, during Phase I and
Phase II of Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) conducted for a potential
sale of the land. The source of contamination is suspected to be an
underground toluene reservoir located on the west side of the site.
    If the field test is successful and the decontamination technique is
applied to the entire site, estimates predict a 98 percent (1,398.4 kg)
reduction in toluene concentration. Remediation of the property will also
eliminate the risk of the contaminant migrating to the groundwater and to
other properties.

    City of Québec
    GMF grant : $100 000

    As a member of Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) since 2002, Quebec
City has conducted a limited annual inventory (Milestone 1) of its corporate
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2004, the City developed a corporate
reduction plan (Milestones 2 and 3) and has since implemented a number of the
recommended reduction measures. In this study, the City will expand the scope
of its existing corporate inventory and plan and update Milestones 1, 2 and 3
by adding and incorporating a community inventory and strategy. The objective
is to meet Kyoto Accord targets by reducing GHG emissions to 6 percent below
1990 levels.

    Town of Boisbriand
    GMf grant : $ 114 506

    The study focused on ways of reducing odour problems at the Boisbriand
wastewater treatment plant as it was feared that the situation would continue
to deteriorate with the steady growth of the city industrial park. The volume
of water treated and filtration sludge has already doubled over the past 15
years. It was determined that bacteria filters constituted the weak link in
the filtration process. These filters have a tendency to block because of an
excessive amount of organic matter coming from food industries and once they
are blocked, it is impossible to change them. Boisbriand has consulted
industry, companies and the population at large in order to find means of
reducing or eliminating pollutants at the source and lessen the load on the
treatment plant.
    The study also provided data allowing to exceed standards in a bylaw on
emissions adopted in February 2004 and update personnel training on the
subject of use of equipment at the treatment plant and wastewater pumping
stations. Thus, the City has reduced the amount of hydrogen sulfide from
between 50 and 75 ppm per cubic meter, the biochemical oxygen demand by 250
kilograms (kg/d) over five days, suspended solids by 250 kg/d and the chemical
oxygen demand by 500 kg/d.

    Société Intégrée de développement éolien de La Matapédia
    GMF grant : $114 200

    Located on the Gaspé Peninsula, the MRC of Matapedia is comprised of 18
municipalities with a total population of nearly 20,000 residents. The region
has very good wind capacity. A pre-feasibility study was conducted to select
appropriate sites for this more detailed examination. In that study, the
Société intégrée de développement éolien de La Matapédia, or SIDEM was
mandated on April 12, 2006 by the MRC of La Matapédia to assess the
feasibility of operating a 9-megawatt wind farm in one of the chosen locations
that would generate 22,448 megawatt-hours of electricity annually. The MRC of
Matapedia also asked SIDEM to prepare bids in connection with Hydro-Quebec's
Request for Proposals (RFP) of 2000 MW of wind energy issued on October 31,
2005. The bid using results of the study was presented on September 18, 2007.
    The study examined the technical, legal, financial, economic and social
impacts of such a wind farm. The analysis of social impacts took the shape of
a vast mobilization campaign throughout the regional community over the
project. On an environmental standpoint, the findings of the study show the
significant contribution of the wind farm in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG).
Currently, GHG emissions from generating electricity in Quebec currently
average approximately 1.6 kilograms per megawatt-hour. SIDEM estimates that
the electricity generated by the wind farm will reduce Quebec's yearly GHG
emissions by 36,000 kilograms.

    Town of Lac Mégantic
    Subvention du FMV : 196 700 $

    The City of Lac-Mégantic already carries out a three-way collection of
recyclables, waste and compostables. The City has composted 33% of its total
waste (2008) using compostable matter from its residential sector and part of
the institutional, commercial and industrial (ICI) sector, sludge from its
wastewater treatment and septic tanks as well as green and yard waste,
representing a total waste diversion of 53%. Based on a pilot project and on
practical experience over two years, the diversion should reach 60% once the
program is fully implemented in the ICI sector. Composting will significantly
reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill. The compost produced is used to
fertilize soil.
    In January 2009, the landfill site was closed. Waste is currently shipped
more than 200 km from Lac-Mégantic to a site that fully meets the new
standards.

    Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Haut-St-François
    GMf grant : $ 350 000

    The Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Haut-St-François tested the
economic and technical viability of using an aerobic bioreactor and sorting
centre to satisfy new, more stringent provincial residual waste management
requirements. Results from the field test will be used to determine if
up-scaling the bioreactor to handle all of the RCM's residuals would be more
advantageous than bringing the RCM's existing outdated landfill into
compliance with the new regulations.

    Town of La Pocatière
    GMF grant : $ 136 280

    The City of La Pocatière has introduced a three-stream waste collection
program for residents, industries, businesses and institutions. The first
phase involved purchasing of collection equipment, monitoring of operations,
promoting the project, raising residents' awareness and agronomic monitoring
of the composting process. The second phase will be the construction of a
composting platform. Since early January 2006, a pilot project involving 300
homes and 4 businesses has collected and sent organic waste to an agricultural
composting platform where municipal organic wastes are mixed with manure to
form mixed compost.
    A total of 1,037 tons of material were produced by the residential sector
made up of 1,300 households. Of this tonnage, 288 metric tons of organic waste
came from the three-way collection. Considering that 40% of waste produced is
composed of organic material, according to Recyc-Québec, this gives a
diversion rate of 69%, or 9% more than the goal set.

    City of Trois-Rivières
    GMf grant : $142 000

    The City of Trois-Rivières wishes to establish a hydrogen platform
including a supply, transportation, storage and use chain. The platform
demonstration project being considered by the City of Trois-Rivières will
permit the application of knowledge acquired in a hydrogen supply chain by
organizations specializing in this field, notably the Université du Québec de
Trois-Rivières' Institut de recherche sur l'hydrogène. Every safety aspect
will be analyzed in this research and applied development project. The model
developed proposes a balanced scheme between hydrogen production and vehicle
consumption as well as stationary equipment such as compressors, generators
and pumping equipment.
    The feasibility study will show that such an operation is an economically
viable ecological method that will contribute to promoting acceptance of
sustainable solutions by the community. The study of hydrogen storage and
distribution will help better define the sizing of storage tanks and ways of
compressing the hydrogen gas. The establishment of the hydrogen platform will
help improve air quality and eliminating greenhouse gases produced by internal
combustion engines.

    MRC de Rivière-du-Loup
    Subvention du FMV : 13 970 $

    The MRC of Rivière-du-Loup includes 13 municipalities for a total
population of 33,300 residents. Thanks to the Green Municipal Fund grant, the
MRC was able to complete a feasibility study in 2007 focusing specifically on
the collection, composting and use of organic residual matter. The
recommendations of the study should lead to the construction of a
methanization plant serving 12 municipalities by Fall 2009. Once in operation,
the plant could take in all the MRC's organic residual matter.
    Two types of substances are created during methanization: biogas and
digestor's sludge. The biogas will serve as an alternate fuel in certain
public buildings or for the waste collection trucks. The digestor's sludge (an
organic residue in liquid or solid form) which has a good value as a
fertilizer can be used both in agriculture and horticulture.

    MRC des Maskoutains
    GMF grant : $ 36 000

    The development plan for the CLD Les Maskoutains' environmental industrial
parks will offer a model for sustainable practices that will be suited to the
six industrial parks within the Maskoutain Region. It also includes a design
plan for a new environmental industrial park in the heart of Saint-Hyacinthe.
The objective of the Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole is to reduce the demand in
infrastructure and municipal services, to offer reduced operational costs to
industries established in the park and to reduce the impact on the
environment.
    As provided for in a recently adopted Saint-Hyacinthe bylaw, all buildings
located within the environmental industrial park must be designed in
accordance with LEED(R) standards. In addition, park infrastructure will be
developed in a manner to reduce water consumption, to address questions
related to the treatment of rainwater, to reduce energy consumption and
resulting greenhouse gas emissions and to protect natural sites and habitats.

    Ville de Très-Saint-Rédempteur
    Subvention du FMV : 16,669 $

    The grant provided by the Green Municipal Fund will enable its elected
officials to implement a strategic planning process focusing on immediate
planning needs as well as on the introduction of new services, in complete
accordance with the principles of sustainable development. The strategic plan
was undertaken in January 2009 and should be completed in September 2009.
    The Conseil régional de l'environnement de la Montérégie (CREM) will work
with the municipality throughout the process. The CREM is recognized for its
expertise in this field having carried out the very first local Agenda 21 for
the City of Sorel-Tracy.
    Très-Saint-Rédempteur encourages and participates in a number of projects
including fair access to high-speed Internet using airborne microwave
frequencies. Thanks to this service that is constantly growing, many residents
can now work from their homes and reduce commuting which in turn helps reduce
GHGs.
    Furthermore, the municipality would like to set up a car pool system,
revitalize the village centre and establish principles of sustainable
development to protect its heritage and ease pressure on its property base.
This strategic plan, due to be adopted in July 2009, will be the starting
point of all these initiatives which will be carried out with active
participation of the town's residents.

    Société de développement économique de Petit-Saguenay / Municipalité du
    Petit-Saguenay, Municipalité de L'Anse-Saint-Jean, Municipalité de
    Rivière-Eternité
    Subvention du FMV : 350 000 $

    The Petit-Saguenay Economic Development Corporation and its municipal
partners undertook a comprehensive wind feasibility study of the
cost-effectiveness of a 50-MW project involving development costs in the range
of $80 to $90 million dollars. Plans are for 25 wind generators rated at 2 MW
apiece. The two sites identified are in an isolated mountainous region far
from population centres and away from scenic or tourist sites, but less than
25 km from the transmission lines. An additional environmental benefit would
be reduction of the need to undertake development of major hydroelectric or
fossil fuel power plants.

    Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
    Subvention du FMV : 330 500 $

    The grant was used to carry out a study on the composting and use of the
City's sludge and residual matter. One of the objectives of the study was to
use compost as a fertiliser on the region's agricultural land.
    The City wishes to study different methods of treatment and test them out
in the field in order to determine the best approach. Technologies that will
be tested include liming of sewage sludge at the wastewater treatment plant,
composting of municipal sewage sludge at an external site, collection and
composting of residential residual organic matter and composting of combined
sewage sludge and residual organic matter.
    




For further information:

For further information: Green Municipal Fund: Dave Weatherall,
Communications Officer, Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, Fax: (613) 244-1515, dweatherall@fcm.ca,
www.fcm.ca/fmv; Union des municipalités du Québec: François Sormany, Director
of Communications, Union des municipalités du Québec, (514) 910-7272, Fax:
(514) 282-8893, fsormany@umq.qc.ca, www.umq.qc.ca; Natural Resources Canada:
Jasmine MacDonnell, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources
Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663, http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

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