December 1, 2003

Green Municipal Funds support 12 new BC mainland projects

Twelve new projects on the British Columbia mainland are receiving a total of $11,456,774 from the Green Municipal Funds (GMF). The GMF investment will leverage $31,384,647 in funding through participating municipal governments and their partners.

"Green Municipal Funds are successfully partnering with municipal governments to protect the environment, reduce greenhouse gases and improve quality of life," said Yves Ducharme, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). "The projects announced today support the leadership of British Columbia municipal governments in their commitment to strengthen their communities environmental practices both for today and for future generations."

Since the GMF began in August 2000, it has invested $47.6 million in 254 feasibility studies, field tests, pilots and projects, leveraging $170.9 million in investments for cleaner air, water, soil and climate protection.

Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, observed that "the projects...will advance the principles and benefits of sustainable community development. They will also develop new knowledge and innovative strategies to help enable Canada to achieve its greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Kyoto Protocol."

Projects, partners and funding include the following.

$2 million for a pilot project by the city of North Vancouver to start up and finance the Lonsdale Energy Corporation. The $8.13 million project is also receiving a loan of $2 million.

$100,000 toward the $200,000 Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), to be established by the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) at the Sustainable Development Research Institute (SDRI), University of British Columbia (UBC).

$100,000 to support Kelowna's $200,000 Central Okanagan Smart Transit Plan.

$50,275 to support a $100,550 feasibility study by the GVRD of landfill gas collection and utilization at the Cache Creek and Coquitlam landfills.

$40,350 to support an $80,700 feasibility study for the district heating project at the GVRD incinerator in Burnaby.

$65,650 toward a $131,300 waste-derived transportation bio-fuels study being carried out by the city of Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

$24,999 in support of a $50,000 alternative waste disposal system for the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD).

$32,500 toward a $65,000 study of the application of green building technology to the city of Kamloops' River Street water treatment plant.

$34,250 to support conceptual planning for the creation of a state-of-the-art industrial development in the city of Richmond incorporating ecological design as a defining feature. The total value of the conceptual planning project is $70,000.

$1,388,750 to support renovation of the Whistler Conference Centre in the resort municipality of Whistler. The $22.2-million project is also receiving a loan of $5.56 million. $15,000 for a $30,000 study by the GVRD to determine the feasibility of using GVRD sewers as heat sources and heat sinks.

$50,000 for a $100,000 station car pilot program being conducted by the GVRD and British Columbia-TransLink.

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