Green Municipal Fund commits $60,000 to the Town of Smithers to improve energy efficiency in recreational facilities

    SMITHERS, BC, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - FCM President Gord Steeves and the
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today a $60,000
Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the Town of Smithers to conduct an energy
efficiency feasibility study of its existing public recreational facilities.
The Smithers Arena, erected in 1957, currently sits between the adjacent
Bulkey Valley Regional District Pool and Racquet Courts and the Smithers
Curling Club. The study will evaluate energy saving and water conservation
opportunities associated with the retrofit of the three existing facilities
and the construction of an additional ice surface.
    "Canadians want to see real results. Through the Green Municipal Fund,
Canada's new government is helping municipalities across the country deliver
results," said the Honourable Gary Lunn. "With projects like this and the
recently announced $300 million ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiative, we are
demonstrating our commitment to the health and environment of all Canadians."
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments and their partners," said FCM President Gord Steeves. "The
financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of
communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically
    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.
    "Based on preliminary estimates, we expect that a new energy efficient
ice rink, along with retrofits and system upgrades to existing buildings,
could reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent or more and
decrease total energy use of existing facilities by 50 percent," said Mayor
James A. Davidson.
    The energy study will provide recommendations and cost estimates for
energy efficiency improvements that use the most efficient technologies and
systems available. These include providing the existing arena and proposed
second sheet of ice with high efficiency lighting, optimized and automated
system operations, infrared sensor ice temperature control, integration of
refrigeration systems with heating and ventilation, seasonal heat and cold
storage, and radiant heating as well as a heat recovery system for the heating
requirements of the nearby Bulkey Valley Regional District Pool and Racquet
Courts and the adjacent Smithers Curling Club.

    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 further information:

For further information: Town of Smithers, BC: Darcey Kohuch, A.Sc.T.,
Director of Operational Services, (250) 847-1600, Fax: (250) 847-1601,; Mark Allen, P. Eng., Director of Development
Services, (250) 847-1600, Fax: (250) 847-1601,;
Green Municipal Fund: Lucille Hodgins, Manager, Community Liaison, Green
Municipal Fund, Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Federation of
Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6299, Cell: (613) 447-0051, Fax: (613)
244-1515,; Natural Resources Canada: Kathleen Olson, Acting
Director of Communications, Minister's Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613)
996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information on the Town of Smiths, BC,
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

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