January 17, 2005

Four Manitoba communities to receive $1.2M for climate change projects

BRANDON, MAN-Four Manitoba communities will receive $1.2 million over the next two years for innovative community energy and resource conservation projects to reduce climate change-related emissions. Brandon, Peguis, Morden/Winkler and North Central Development will receive funding under the Manitoba Community Challenges program, developed jointly by the federal government's One-Tonne Challenge and Manitoba's Climate Change Community Challenge (C4). North Central Development represents 17 communities in northern Manitoba. The federal and provincial governments will each provide up to $600,000 through the C4 program. In addition, the communities will receive other tools to support the implementation of local plans. The initiative follows from a Canada/Manitoba Memorandum of Understanding for Co-operation on Addressing Climate Change, signed last year. The MOU committed both governments to exploring co-operation on renewable energy development opportunities, promoting energy efficiency practices, assessing climate change impacts, developing adaptation strategies, promoting individual actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maximizing reductions and removals of greenhouse gases in the agricultural sector. "This funding helps support grassroots solutions to climate change," said Premier Gary Doer. "Each community will hire a local champion to co-ordinate climate change actions and work with the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

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