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On January 28 and 29, 2016, Canada’s provincial, territorial, and federal Ministers of Environment and Climate Change met in Ottawa to begin work on a new national framework to address climate change. The Ministers’ discussions were in preparation for a meeting between Canada’s Prime Minister and Premiers on March 3, 2016 in Vancouver at which climate change will be a significant agenda item.
The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is a unique program offered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) that provides funding and knowledge services to support sustainable community development. GMF-supported initiatives aim to improve air, water, and soil, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Three types of municipal environmental initiatives are funded through the GMF by FCM:
- Plans - Grants to develop plans (e.g. municipal plans, sustainable neighbourhood action plans, greenhouse gas reduction plans)
- Studies - Grants to conduct feasibility studies and pilot projects
- Projects - Low-interest loans, usually in combination with grants, to implement capital projects
March 1, 2016 is the deadline to submit an Initial Review Form for capital projects under the Spring 2016 program.
Funding is allocated in five sectors of municipal activity: brownfields, energy, transportation, waste and water. Some examples of previously funded capital projects that have addressed climate change and energy efficiency across Canada include:
- Installing water meters and rehabilitating water mains in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Installing a geothermal heating system in the Community Centre in Springhill, Nova Scotia that utilizes energy from mineshafts beneath the Town.
- Acquiring hybrid electric vehicles for transit services in the City of Windsor, Ontario.
- Implementing a landfill gas management system to assist with the progressive closure of a landfill site in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, British Columbia.
For more information, or to apply for funding visit:http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/green-municipal-fund.htm
Enter the "takeCHARGE of Your Town" Initiative January 8, 2016
The "takeCHARGE of Your Town" initiative is aimed at encouraging residents and municipalities across Newfoundland and Labrador to reduce their energy use. Over the past four years, more than $40,000 has been awarded to successful cities and towns through this initiative.
This year, a grant of $7,500 is available to be won. The "takeCHARGE of Your Town" initiative is currently inviting municipalities to submit proposals that will support efforts in their community to promote energy conservation or efficiency. Proposals must demonstrate a positive effort to save energy that benefits the entire community. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency upgrades to a town hall or municipal building.
Last year, two winners were selected:
Town of Meadows
- The Town of Meadows upgraded the heating and cooling systems and lighting in the Townâ€™s recreation centre, and upgraded heating and cooling systems and lighting in the Townâ€™s Fire Hall.
Town of Port au Choix
- The Twin Town Sports Complex is in the process of upgrading the efficiency of the arena by adding controls on heaters and pumps that will save energy and save money.
The deadline for applications is February 14, 2016 (4:00pm), with the winner to be announced in March 2016. To find out more about the takeCHARGE of Your Town initiative and to submit a proposal, visit https://takechargenl.ca/news-events/town-challenge/.