McGuinty Government Doubles Funding for Community Conservation Projects

    Ontario Makes $1.5 Million Available to Support Grassroots Education and
    Outreach Projects

    QUEEN'S PARK, June 11 /CNW/ - The McGuinty Government is moving Ontario
forward by doubling its Community Conservation program to $1.5 million, Energy
Minister Dwight Duncan announced today.
    "Community groups have an important role to play in the development of a
culture of conservation in Ontario," Duncan said. "Increasing our support to
local community initiatives is another part of Ontario's strategy to build a
more sustainable energy future."
    The program supports incorporated not-for-profit organizations that
deliver innovative energy conservation initiatives to their local community.
The fund is intended to help raise awareness about energy conservation,
encourage energy consumers to take action, and foster long-term behavioural
change toward energy conservation. Priority is given to projects that enhance
the capacity of individuals or communities to conserve - and/or promote
small-scale renewable energy. The 2006/2007 program supported 24 projects in
communities across Ontario totaling over $750,000. This included eleven
residential outreach projects, seven school-based projects and six renewable
energy education projects.
    "I want to congratulate the Minister of Energy for increasing this
innovative grassroots funding program," said David Marskell, Executive
Director of The Children's Museum in Waterloo Region. "Last year the fund
helped the Children's Museum take the conservation message to our youngest
consumers in grade one and their families."
    "Direct public engagement at the community level is the most effective
way to stimulate conservation awareness and broad public participation," said
Stuart Hickox, Executive Director, Project Porchlight. "Support from the fund
last year allowed us to successfully pilot our door-to-door CFL program in
Thunder Bay and Guelph. This investment by the McGuinty government has made it
possible for us to expand across Canada."
    For more information about applying to the program please visit
    Over the past four years the government has authorized spending of over
$2 billion in energy conservation. This includes programs delivered by local
utilities, province-wide programs managed by the Ontario Power Authority
(including this summer's five summer challenge programs) and programs
delivered by community groups through the Community Conservation Initiatives
fund and other conservation funding bodies.
    For more tips and other useful information about energy conservation,
visit the Ministry of Energy's website at .

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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Ministers' Office, (416) 327-3546;
Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, (416) 327-4334

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