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Energy Conservation Week Launched with FCM


May 19, 2009, Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Councillor Linda Rydholm, a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board Member, and the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today Green Municipal Fund financial support totalling $6,920,000 in grants and a loan for four projects in sustainable community planning, wastewater and solid waste control as well as sustainable energy usage in the City of Thunder Bay. The announcement is part of celebrations marking the City’s proclamation of Energy Conservation Week and the launch of the Net Zero Business Guide developed with FCM funding support.

“These projects would not have been possible without support from FCM’s Green Municipal Fund,” said Thunder Bay Mayor Lynn Peterson. “We are already seeing the benefits of these initiatives in our community, and they will have a significant impact over the long term. I am pleased their announcement is part of Thunder Bay’s celebrations marking the proclamation of Energy Conservation Week and the launch of the Net Zero Business Guide as developed with FCM funding support.”

“FCM’s Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments,” said Councillor Rydholm, representing FCM. “The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.”

“Our government is assisting municipalities across the country in achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians through the Green Municipal Fund,” said Minister Raitt. ”Today’s announcement is another example of how the Government of Canada – working with the FCM – is helping the City of Thunder Bay build a greener future for its citizens.”

Under two community sustainability projects, the City of Thunder Bay is developing feasibility plans that will achieve significant local environmental improvement and community development goals. These planning projects involve:

the remediation of a 21-acre former snow and construction debris dump site near the Lake Superior waterfront in order to redevelop it as a regional emergency services training centre that will include green features for energy efficiency, water efficiency, and stormwater management; and

the implementation of the Thunder Bay Climate Change Action Plan, known as the EarthWise Thunder Bay Community Environmental Action Plan, that has as its immediate objectives a corporate greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of approximately 35 per cent, and a community greenhouse gas emissions reduction of approximately 10 per cent by 2017.

The wastewater project had two main goals. The first was to determine if upgrades at the Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Control Plant could include the conversion from primary to secondary treatment, the conversion from chlorine gas to ultraviolet disinfection, as well as the addition of a cogeneration facility and ammonia removal. The second project goal was the provision of significant documentation for the development of a similar pilot-based approach for tailored replication by other communities across Canada. As a result of this project, Thunder Bay is now implementing ultraviolet disinfection to reduce chemical discharge into the receiving waters as well as a cogeneration system to capture biogas and reduce municipal heating and electricity costs.

The sustainable energy project investigated the feasibility of using components of Thunder Bay’s Loch Lomond water system to generate hydroelectric power and supply untreated water to local businesses for industrial use. The study also considered what treatment facilities and water mains would be needed for the Loch Lomond system to provide treated potable water to the Fort William First Nation.

The Green Municipal Fund is an endowment financed by the Government of Canada and managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. 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 fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.

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For information:

City of Thunder Bay

Karen Lewis

Manager – Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives

City of Thunder Bay

Tel: (807) 625-3859

Cell: (807) 626-6901

Email: klewis@thunderbay.ca

http://www.thunderbay.ca

 

Green Municipal Fund

Dave Weatherall

Communications Officer

Green Municipal Fund

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Tel: (613) 907-6292

Fax: (613) 244-1515

Email: dweatherall@fcm.ca
http://www.fcm.ca/gmf

 

Natural Resources Canada

Jasmine MacDonnell

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Natural Resources Canada

Tel.: 613-996-2007

Fax: 613-943-0663
http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca