BOUCTOUCHE, NB, June 21 /CNW Telbec/ - President Jean Lanteigne of the
Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick, representing
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the Honourable Gary Lunn,
Minister of Natural Resources, announced today an $88,000 Green Municipal Fund
grant to help the Town of Bouctouche develop a Green Plan which will be used
as a management tool and framework for decision-making. It will address
municipal solid waste, water quality and conservation, ecological
infrastructure protection, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions
reduction, public transportation, active transportation and environmentally
sustainable commercial and residential 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 Jean Lanteigne. "The financing and knowledge provided by
the Fund supports the development of communities that are more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
"Canadians want to see real results. Through the Green Municipal Fund,
Canada's new government is helping municipalities across the country deliver
results," said Minister Lunn. "Through projects such as this, we are
demonstrating our commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment for
The Green Plan's development and application will take place over a
period of a few years. Public participation will be promoted through public
awareness campaigns that will include workshops, a website and information
distributed through community newspapers.
"The Town has established the Green Initiatives Group to coordinate Green
Plan initiatives and assess the effectiveness of its implementation," said
Mayor Aldéo Saulnier. "Feasibility studies will be conducted on the wind
energy potential in Bouctouche and on other potential renewable energy sources
in the Town. Of course, a key to the success of this project will certainly
require the participation of the town's residents."
The feasibility study will assess the potential to produce energy from
biomass, solar, geothermal and from wind. The wind assessment will involve the
installation of a 60 metre wind monitoring tower, data collection over a
twelve month period and analysis of collected data.
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
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.
For further information:
For further information: Town of Bouctouche, NB: Denny Richard,
Coordinator, Green Plan, (506) 743-7318, email@example.com; Green
Municipal Fund: Lucille Hodgins, Manager, Community Liaison, Centre for
Sustainable Community Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities,
(613) 907-6299, Cell: (613) 447-0051, Fax: (613) 244-1515, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Natural Resources Canada: Kathleen Olson, Acting Director of Communications,
Minister's Office, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information on the
City of Bouctouche, visit http://www.ville.bouctouche.nb.ca/. For information
on the Green Municipal Fund, including details of other approved projects and
studies, visit http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca. For information on
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit http://www.fcm.ca For
information on Natural Resources Canada, visit http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca. For
information on Environment Canada, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca.