FCM's Green Municipal Fund Supports Four Sustainability Projects in the City of Yellowknife

    YELLOWKNIFE, NT, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Yellowknife city councillor Mark
Heyck, representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal
Fund and Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development, Chuck Strahl, representing the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Natural Resources, announced today $622, 500 in Green Municipal Fund (GMF)
funding for the City of Yellowknife. The City is using the funding for four
projects: to develop the Yellowknife Smart Growth Development Plan, to conduct
a feasibility study to determine how to improve the way the City currently
collects recyclables, a sewage lagoon planning study and a feasibility study
on using an abandoned mine to produce geothermal energy for space heating in a
community energy system.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Heyck, representing FCM's Green Municipal Fund. "The
financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of
communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically
    "Our government is assisting municipalities across the country in
achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians
through the Green Municipal Fund," said Minister Strahl. "Today's announcement
is another example of how the Government of Canada - in partnership with the
FCM - is helping Yellowknife build a greener future for its citizens."
    A more detailed description of each project is available in the attached
    "Our ongoing relationship with FCM's Green Municipal Fund has allowed
Yellowknife to be selected as Canada's most sustainable small city for the
second consecutive year," said Yellowknife Mayor Gordon Van Tighem. "The
funding announced today will ensure we remain sustainable and responsible to
our residents."
    The Green Municipal Fund is an endowment financed 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
    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.

                           Project Background Notes


     Green Municipal Fund announcement of funding for four sustainability
                     projects in the City of Yellowknife.


                           Friday, April 17th, 2009
                                  2:00 p.m.

                   Yellowknife City Hall - Council Chambers
                               4807 - 52 Street
                                 P.O. Box 580
                               Yellowknife, NT

    The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal FundO
(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
    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 will be made on Friday, April 17th,

    GMF 9524 -City of Yellowknife Sewage Lagoon Planning Study
    Grant: $100,000

    The City of Yellowknife currently uses a natural lagoon and wetland
system to treat municipal wastewater; however, the system cannot accommodate
existing and future wastewater volumes. In this study, the City will evaluate
options to improve performance to comply with existing effluent discharge
criteria as well as future guidelines. Each option will be evaluated based on
capital costs, operating costs during the lifecycle, treatment efficiency,
power usage, ease of use by operators, and impact on the receiving
environment.  The study will determine the most feasible option for
maintaining the required retention time for sewage treatment (therefore
eliminating premature discharges of effluent into the natural watercourse) and
for consistently meeting or exceeding the anticipated more stringent effluent
guidelines prior to releasing waters into the watershed. Options will be based
on a twenty-year planning horizon, which will incorporate considerations for
future demand and population growth. A secondary objective of the study is to
complete the detailed design of the preferred option and prepare the
associated water board submission for compliance, which also includes a
stakeholder and public consultation component. It is anticipated that the
implementation of the preferred option for wastewater treatment in the City of
Yellowknife will meet the wastewater treatment needs of the municipality and
ensure the long-term protection of Great Slave Lake.

    GMF 9539 - City of Yellowknife Waste Audit and Curbside Recycling Study
    Grant: $50,000

    As part of its Waste Management Strategic Plan, the City of Yellowknife
will conduct a waste audit and a feasibility study for curbside collection of
recyclables to determine how to improve the city's current system. The goal is
to increase solid waste diversion from landfill by 40 per cent by the year
2011. The city's existing program is based on a user-pay system for waste,
with recycling available at five drop-off locations and participation in this
program is low. Depending on the results of the waste audit, the feasibility
study will evaluate a number of capital waste diversion projects and programs
and assess the impact of specific recycling options. Projects and programs
could include a city-wide program for curbside collection of recyclables, a
composting program, installing additional recycling bins at family dwellings
or expanding the current recycling program to include more items. It is
estimated that a curbside collection program could increase waste diversion by
an estimated 19 per cent, helping the city achieve its 40 per cent target for
waste diversion.

    GMF 9556 - City of Yellowknife District Geothermal System Feasibility
    Grant: $142,500

    The City of Yellowknife's 2005 Community Energy Plan identified an
opportunity to explore the potential of an abandoned mine to produce
geothermal energy for space heating in a community energy system. This study
will determine the feasibility and scope of using the mine, located about 1.5
km from the City's downtown core. Due to its climate, Yellowknife's greenhouse
gas emissions per person are almost double the Canadian average. Space heating
with fuel oil is the largest contributor to these emissions. If the mine is
shown to be a viable heating source, it may be possible to design and
implement a community energy system to service many residential and commercial
buildings. The City estimates that such a community heating system could
reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 1,500 homes by up to 97 percent or by 12
percent for the community overall. It would also cut emissions from the
transportation of heating oil to Yellowknife and help reduce air pollutants,
such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulate matter.

    GMF 9560 - Community Development _ Yellowknife Smart Growth Development
    Grant: $330,000

    After 30 years of urban sprawl, the City of Yellowknife faces
considerable development pressure. As a result, it will develop a smart growth
re-development plan for three key City districts that offer the greatest
potential for community revitalization and environmental benefits. The City
expects that the plan will lead to a distinctive redefinition of community
character within the redevelopment areas, creating an appropriate mix of land
uses, viable revitalization anchors, walkable neighbourhoods, and quality
urban spaces. Environmentally sensitive watershed areas, riparian corridors
and greenspaces will be protected by adopting an integrated land use strategy.
Policies, procedures, and incentives will increase energy efficiency in
commercial and residential buildings and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10
percent; an improved transportation network will reduce autombile traffic,
increase pedestrian accessibility, and create efficient distribution routes
based on new growth limits. Most importantly, a holistic and broadly supported
community vision will help bring tourism, investment, and community
revitalization to the City.

For further information:

For further information: City of Yellowknife: Jeffrey Humble, MCIP,
Director of Planning and Development, City of Yellowknife, (867) 920-5633, Fax
(867) 920-5649, jhumble@yellowknife.ca; 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/gmf; Natural Resources Canada: Jasmine MacDonnell, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613)
943-0663, http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

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