May 17, 2004

Expressions of interest invited for Manitoba Climate Change Community Challenge

WINNIPEG, MAN-Manitoba communities are being invited to submit expressions of interest by June 30 to participate in the province's Climate Change Community Challenge (C4). The three-year pilot program is aimed at helping to find solutions to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "We believe that significant emission reductions can be achieved through the efforts of local communities," said Energy, Science and Technology Minister Tim Sale, adding that "the C4 pilot project will support these grassroots initiatives to reduce emissions." The Manitoba government has formed a partnership with the federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to develop the C4 pilot project, which will help communities find, plan and carry out energy and resource conservation initiatives which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The province will contribute $38,000 and the FCM $40,000 to the initial stages of the project. Additional funding will be finalized once community and municipal participation is confirmed. A detailed expression of interest package is available from the climate change branch of Energy, Science and Technology, 204/945-6099, Web site www.gov.mb.ca/est/climatechange/index.html. A series of workshops is also being presented to explain and encourage involvement in the C4 program. These will be held May 31 in Thompson; June 1 in The Pas; June 2 in Winnipeg; and June 3 in Brandon.
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