Coalition applauds $4.2 million program for more sustainable communities

    OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The creation of the $4.2-million,
eQuilibrium(TM) Communities Initiative is a valuable step towards developing
more integrated and sustainable communities says a broad based coalition.
    Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) is a network of citizens
from the energy industry, environmental groups, governments, academia and
consulting communities who believe an integrated, community-based approach is
the best way to address energy end-use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    "With over fifty percent of emissions in Canada associated with how
energy is used in our communities, I congratulate the federal government for
creating this program," said Michael Harcourt, Former Premier of British
Columbia and Honorary Chair of the QUEST coalition. "The QUEST coalition has
long stated that developers, planners, utilities, municipal leaders and
technology providers working together hold the key to planning and developing
more integrated energy systems in Canadian communities.
    The eQuilibrium(TM) Communities Initiative announced today provides
financial, technical and promotional assistance to sustainable community
projects chosen through a national competition. Recipients of funding will
develop and showcase neighbourhoods that are more sustainable and energy
efficient than existing communities.
    "By looking at land-use, energy use, transportation, water and waste
management as a collective versus as individual elements of a community we can
achieve greater overall efficiency and support climate change and other clean
air objectives," said Kenneth Ogilvie, Former Executive Director, Pollution
Probe and QUEST spokesperson. "Matching the right energy for the need, better
heat management across applications and sectors, converting waste to energy,
and connecting renewable sources with existing energy grids are likely some of
the techniques and technologies that we will likely see showcased through this

    QUEST's vision as well as the details and science behind how integrated
energy systems will pave the way to real and substantive emission reductions
for Canada is available at

For further information:

For further information: Tonja Leach, Coordinator, Quality Urban Energy
Systems of Tomorrow, (613) 748-0057 x322, Cell: (613) 797-6008

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