The Town of Terrebonne receives $350,000 from the FCM's Green Municipal Fund to Establish the Development of a Sustainable Neighbourhood



    TERREBONNE, QC, April 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Dorval Mayor Edgar Rouleau,
representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the
Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government
Services, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural
Resources announced today a $350,000 Green Municipal Fund grant to the Town of
Terrebonne to help the town establish a Master Plan for the development of a
sustainable neighbourhood. In accordance with its vision of the future, the
Town will develop this sustainable neighbourhood that will include some 10,000
housing units, businesses and light industries. All of the project's buildings
will respect Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards
for sustainable neighbourhood development.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources that specifically
address the sustainable community development needs of municipal government,"
said Dorval mayor and FCM representative Edgar Rouleau. "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, our Government helps municipalities
across Canada in achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment,"
said Minister Paradis. "Today's announcement is another example of how our
Government, in partnership with the FCM, is helping Terrebonne improve the
sustainability of their community and build a greener future for all of us."
    "The Côte Terrebonne project will be in keeping with the goals of
sustainable development and will rest on five key principles," said Mayor
Jean-Marc Robitaille. "We want to protect the natural environment. We want to
create a sustainable neighbourhood in which a sense of belonging to the
community of Terrebonne prevails. We want to develop infrastructures through
means such as sustainable transportation and efficient management of water,
stormwater and residual waste. We want to improve management of energy
resources. And lastly, we want to integrate the community-based approach to
the decision-making."
    "Realizing this ambitious project does represent a major challenge but
each and every citizen of Terrebonne will reap tremendous environmental
benefits from it. Compared to a standard residential development, the
construction and potential future activities of a sustainable residential
neighbourhood with 10,000 housing units will reduce carbon dioxide emissions
by thousands of tons annually," concluded mayor Robitaille.

    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.




For further information:

For further information: Karinne Trudel, Public Relations Consultant,
Town of Terrebonne, (450) 961-2001, extension 1232, Fax: (450) 471-0863,
karrine.trudel@ville.terrebonne.qc.ca; http://www.ville.terrebonne.qc.ca 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; 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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