$350,000 Green Municipal Fund grant supports the City of Calgary's 100-year imagineCALGARY plan

    CALGARY, AB, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Alberta Urban Municipalities
Association (AUMA) President Bob Hawkesworth, representing the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of
Natural Resources, announced today a $350,000 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant
for the City of Calgary's 100-year imagineCALGARY plan. The planning study
addresses long-term urban sustainability issues by integrating environmental,
social, economic, infrastructure and governance systems into a holistic
community vision and plan.
    "Canadians want to see real results. Through the Green Municipal Fund,
Canada's new government is helping municipalities across the country deliver
results," said Minister Lunn. "Through innovative projects such as
imagineCALGARY, we are demonstrating our commitment to reducing air pollution
and greenhouse gases that affect our health and our environment and we are
helping Canadians use less to live better."
    "The Green Municipal Fund is proud to support this project," said AUMA
President Bob Hawkesworth, who also serves as a City of Calgary Alderman. "The
GMF funding contribution to the extensive communications, research initiatives
and public engagement of the study process is helping to achieve a large-scale
shift towards community sustainability."
    "Green Municipal Fund support is helping Calgary make a unique approach
to long range urban sustainability," said Dave Bronconnier, Mayor of Calgary.
"This City-led, community-owned plan is the first of its kind in Canada and
only one of a few in the world to have such a broad scope and include as many
people. The public participation process of the study has engaged over 18,000
citizens in what is regarded as the largest community visioning process ever
undertaken in the world."
    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.
    To ensure the greatest possible impact, GMF invests in the best examples
of municipal leadership in sustainable development - examples that can be
replicated in other communities.
    The City of Calgary, along with a variety of committed community partners
will implement strategies to work towards the sustainability targets in the
imagineCALGARY plan. Targets for the first thirty years include reducing total
community greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 1990 levels; reducing
water consumption by 40 percent; and diverting 85 percent of waste from
landfills. These long-term targets provide a common focus for action today, to
ensure the community meets the needs of Calgarians today and in the future.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities by promoting
strong, effective and accountable municipal government.

For further information:

For further information: The City of Calgary: Marc Henry, Chief of
Staff, Office of the Mayor, (403) 268-8125, Cell: (403) 862-2027,
Marc.henry@calgary.ca; Patricia Gordon, Sustainable Cities Project Manager,
(403) 268-6720, patricia.gordon@calgary.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 imagineCALGARY, visit
http://www.imaginecalgary.ca; For information on the City of Calgary, visit
http://www.calgary.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 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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