Green Municipal Fund commits $30,000 grant to the township of Lanark Highlands for an integrated sustainable community plan

    KINGSTON, ON, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - City of Kingston Councillor Leonore
Foster, a member of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Mr. Scott Reid, Member of Parliament for
Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, on behalf of Canada's Environment
Minister John Baird, announced today a $30,000 Green Municipal Fund (GMF)
grant to the Township of Lanark Highlands. The Township invested the grant in
an integrated sustainable community plan (ISCP) to guide the Eastern Ontario
municipality's future development.
    "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 Leonore Foster. "The financing and knowledge
provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Our Government believes in protecting and preserving our environment and
I want to applaud the Township of Lanark Highlands for putting this goal into
practice in our community," said Mr. Reid. "Through the Green Municipal Fund,
the Government of Canada is assisting municipalities across the country to
deliver results. Projects such as this 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.
    The process of ISCP creation in the Township of Lanark Highlands began in
September 2006 with the holding of three open community meetings. These
meetings introduced the community to the study, and solicited input on what
were the key issues. Using input from those meetings, five Theme Teams were
established, with five to 10 interested members of the community participating
in the deliberations of each Team. The Theme Teams examined the issues of
Shelter and Energy, Food, Transportation and Communication, Waste and Water,
as well as the Natural Environment.
    The Theme Teams met from November 2006 to March 2007, discussing key
issues and opportunities, identifying resources, and in some case, launching
new initiatives. Surveys were also conducted during this period, both to
profile current greenhouse gas emissions, and public attitudes to
sustainability. This input was then consolidated, taken to the Township of
Lanark Highlands Council and the public, and refined further. This process led
to Council's November 27, 2007 acceptance of the final version of the ISCP as
a document to provide some direction to future Council decisions.
    "Thanks to the ISCP the citizens of Lanark Highlands know their Township
Council has a plan to deal in a pro-active way with the sustainable
development issues our community faces," said Township of Lanark Highlands
Mayor Bob Fletcher. "With its five-year action plan, the ISCP encompasses and
integrates plans, policies and initiatives of all community partners and
stakeholders to improve the social, health, economic and environmental
well-being of the Township of Lanark Highlands."
    Located in the centre of the Ottawa Valley, the Township of Lanark
Highlands covers 1033.37 square kilometres. Bordered to the north by Renfrew
County and to the west by Frontenac County, Lanark Highlands is situated
approximately 20 minutes north of Perth. As of a 2001 Census, the population
of Lanark Highlands is 4,795.
    The ISCP is available at

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For further information:

For further information: Township of Lanark Highlands: Timothy J.
Simpson, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Lanark Highlands, (613)
259-2398, extension 222, Fax: (613) 259-2291,;
Green Municipal Fund: Raymond Sullivan, Communications Manager, Centre for
Sustainable Community Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities,
(613) 907-6294, Fax: (613) 244-1515,; Environment Canada:
Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Minister's Office, Environment Canada, (819)
997-1441, Fax: (819) 953-0279,; For information on the
Township of Lanark Highlands, 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 Environment Canada, visit

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