Green Municipal Fund commits $125,000 to Calgary Regional Partnership organic waste recovery

    COCHRANE, AB, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Town of Banff Councillor Chip Olver,
a member of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM), and Rob Anders, Member of Parliament for Calgary West,
representing the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources,
announced today a $125,000 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the Calgary
Regional Partnership (CRP). The grant will help the CRP conduct a feasibility
study to determine regional organic waste flow and potential scope, location,
technology and business case implications associated with a regional organic
waste recovery 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 Councillor Olver. "The financing and knowledge provided by
the Fund supports the development of communities that are more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Sustainable communities are the foundation of a sustainable nation. And
that's a goal that we all share," said Rob Anders, MP. "Through the Green
Municipal Fund, the Government of Canada is assisting municipalities across
the country to deliver results. Projects such as this will help to ensure a
cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians."
    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.
    "Currently, at least 90 per cent of organics are not being diverted. By
weight, this represents 40 per cent of the overall waste stream," said Mayor
Linda Bruce, Chair of the CRP and Mayor of the City of Airdrie. "We estimate
that over a 10-year period, an organic waste recovery system could achieve a
60 per cent organics diversion rate, diverting 406,909 tonnes of organic waste
per year from landfills by 2017, with an ultimate goal of 'zero disposal' of
organic materials in landfills."
    In addition, an organic waste recovery system would result in a 60 per
cent reduction in future greenhouse (GHG) emissions from landfills. This would
reduce leachate production and extend the life of regional landfills. As well,
new transportation synergies would help to decrease GHG emissions by reducing
the number of potential waste collection vehicles on the road.
    The FCM-funded project has completed a discussion paper that details the
implementation plan for a system of multiple regional organics waste
processing facilities for the region. "If all goes well, the regional system
will be in place by 2011" noted CRP Chair, Linda Bruce. "Although this is a
long time away, there is a lot of work to be done - not the least of which
will be securing the necessary dollars from a variety of sources". The
implementation plan is being reviewed by a CRP committee; and will be
available to the public early next month.

    Calgary Regional Partnership is an association of nineteen communities
from Banff to Strathmore, Crossfield to Nanton, with Calgary and thirteen
other municipalities in between. It represents 1.2 million residents.

    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 information on the Calgary Regional Partnership, visit

    For information on the Green Municipal Fund, including details of other
    approved projects and studies, visit

    For information on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit

    For information on Natural Resources Canada, visit

    For information on Environment Canada, visit

For further information:

For further information: Calgary Regional Partnership: Rick Butler,
Executive Director, Calgary Regional Partnership, (403) 851-2509, Fax: (403)
932-2935,; Green Municipal Fund: Raymond Sullivan,
Communications Manager, Centre for Sustainable Community Development,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6294, Fax: (613) 244-1515,; Natural Resources Canada: Louise Girouard, Director of
Communications, Minister's Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007,
Fax: (613) 943-0663

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