Strathcona County and Christenson Developments Ltd receive $839,000 to pilot test the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood (SUN) Process at Emerald Hills Urban Village

    SHERWOOD PARK, AB, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - FCM National Board Director Ken
Lesniak and Ken Epp, MP (Edmonton-Sherwood Park), representing the Honourable
Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today grants of $350,000
from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) and $489,000 from Natural Resources Canada
to help Strathcona County, in collaboration with Christenson Developments Ltd
(CDL), to pilot test the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood (SUN) Process
developed by Natural Resources Canada's CANMET Energy Technology Centre.
    "Our Government is proud to support municipalities and private sector
organizations that are committed to reducing greenhouse gases, improving
sustainability and achieving real results for Canadians," said Mr. Epp.
"Through projects such as this, we are demonstrating our commitment to the
health and environment of 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 representative Ken Lesniak, who
serves also as a Strathcona County Councillor and as Chair of the Green
Municipal Fund Council. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund
supports the development of communities that are more environmentally,
socially and economically sustainable."
    "Strathcona County strongly supports cooperative initiatives and is proud
to be working with Christenson Development Ltd. and other partners to advance
neighbourhood-scale sustainability," said Strathcona County Mayor Cathy
Olesen. "Just as we broke new ground with Strathcona's Centre-in-the-Park
sustainable town centre project, Strathcona County is the first in the country
to pilot test this innovative new process. We will be measuring carefully its
economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits to see how they can help
us better achieve our overall sustainability vision."
    "We are proud to be partnering with Strathcona County in the Emerald
Hills Urban Village planning project," said Greg Christenson, President,
Christenson Group of Companies. "The project's goal is to demonstrate that
demand-side approaches to municipal services and infrastructure result in
smaller scale and lower costs than current development patterns and can foster
long-term sustainable lifestyles."
    The SUN Process facilitates a clearer understanding of how to incorporate
sustainability into the planning, design and implementation of urban
developments. Characterized by an expanded set of development parameters, a
collaborative engagement process, and a robust suite of decision-support
tools, it offers a comprehensive method for generating a design concept and
strategic action plan for sustainable neighbourhood development. A
CDL-produced toolkit of guiding ideas, institutional frameworks, engagement
processes and practical tools will help lead the way for future developments
using the SUN Process in other communities.
    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.

    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: Christenson Developments Ltd: Bard Golightly,
Development Project Manager, Christenson Developments Ltd., (780) 431-5180,
Fax: (780) 434-3655,; Strathcona County, AB: Jocelyn
Tennison, Communications Manager, County Hall, Strathcona County, (780)
464-8023,; 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 Christenson Developments Ltd, visit; For
information on Strathcona County, AB, 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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