December 10, 2007

Nova Scotia invites Ecotrust applications

HALIFAX, NS-Nova Scotia is inviting municipalities to develop proposals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution in their communities, and the best proposals will earn a share of a $7.5-million fund to make them happen. The province is calling for proposals that increase energy efficiency or reduce harmful air emissions in municipal operations. Proposals will be evaluated by a review panel looking at potential environmental gains, the strength of the proposal and costs. The municipal program is part of Nova Scotia's $42.5-million Ecotrust for Clean Air and Climate Change, an initiative that will support a number of initiatives, ranging from tidal power to natural gas conversion projects and carbon sequestration research. The funding was provided by the federal government earlier this year. Ecotrust project applications will be reviewed quarterly, with the first deadline on January 31, 2008. Subsequent deadlines will follow every three months, i.e. April 30, July 31, October 31, January 31 and onward, until the final deadline of January 31, 2010. More information is available on-line at www.gov.ns.ca/ecotrust or from the Fund Co-ordinator at 902/424-8269.

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