LUNENBURG, NS, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament
for South Shore—St. Margaret's, on behalf of Canada's Environment
Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the
EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation (BCAF) will
receive $20,000 in federal funding over two years to support local
action to improve air quality and reduce water consumption.
"The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation does a great job in educating
citizens about environmental concerns and programs in our community,"
said M.P. Keddy. "Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding
Program allows eligible groups, like BCAF, to undertake local action
projects that protect or conserve our natural environment. This project
is a great example that fits those parameters. It encourages residents
to refill their drinking bottles using tap water as opposed to buying
bottled water. What's more, it ties in nicely with other federally
funded projects that have assisted our municipalities in the
development of new water treatment infrastructure for improved drinking
"Our government is taking real action to address the environmental
priorities of Canadians and ensure we have clean air, clean water, and
biologically diverse land for generations to come," said Minister Kent.
"EcoAction Community Funding supports community groups across the
country willing to take concrete action through on-the-ground
environmental projects. We are proud to partner with these
organizations that are committed to conserving Canada's natural
As part of this project, the BCAF will partner with the Town of
Lunenburg in helping Lunenburg and Queens County residents to reduce
waste. The BCAF will also promote the "Blue W" campaign, which
encourages people to refill their drinking bottles by using municipal
drinking water rather than buying bottled water. The project's goal is
to involve more than 1,000 participants in the campaign, which will
reduce both water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
"Everyone can make a difference, that is what this project is about,
making a difference. With the funding we are receiving through the
EcoAction program, we will work to provide solid waste education and
awareness to our community, thus reducing the amount of waste we
generate and the amount of greenhouse gases we produce by trucking that
waste around," said Brooke Nodding, Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation.
The EcoAction Community Funding Program supports projects that
rehabilitate, protect or enhance the natural environment, and builds
the capacity of communities and individuals to ensure future
protection. This year, the Government of Canada is providing over $4
million for over 100 new projects under this Program.
More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is
available on Environment Canada's website, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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