Thirty-nine municipal governments across Canada will receive funding for 42 studies and projects which use renewable energy or efficiency to improve environmental performance of civic operations.OTTAWA, Ontario, CA, 2001-12-14 [SolarAccess.com] “Today’s announcement of more than C$4.5 million worth of projects will leverage total project investment of $23 million,” says Jack Layton, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. “This will help communities identify innovative ways of protecting the environment, reducing greenhouse gases and improving quality of life.” The money comes from the Green Municipal Funds, which is funded from the federfal government and administered by FCM. The funds were created in the 2000 budget to stimulate investment in innovative municipal infrastructure projects and environmental practices in Canadian municipalities. There are two funds: a five-year $25 million Green Municipal Enabling Fund that supports feasibility studies, and a $100 million Green Municipal Investment Fund that is a revolving fund to support project implementation. Since its creation, 115 projects have been approved for funding of $8.5 million, leveraging $42 million in total spending. If fully implemented, these projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 566,800 tonnes. “The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ ongoing support and proactive approach to climate change issues has raised public awareness and helped Canadians take action to bring down greenhouse gas emissions, putting us one step closer to meeting our goals,” says energy minster Ralph Goodale. “Communities across Canada are leading the way in seeking new technologies for clean air, safer water and more efficient energy use,” adds environment minister David Anderson. “Through these initiatives municipalities are demonstrating that taking steps to address climate change can also protect our natural environment and improve the health and quality of life for all Canadians.” The approved feasibility studies include: – North Vancouver, British Columbia – To develop a district energy system; total cost $40,000. – Port Coquitlam, British Columbia – To assess retrofitting the city water main to generate electricity to operate traffic signals; total cost $15,000. – Revelstoke, British Columbia – To develop a community energy source using waste wood from a local timber plant; total cost $149,200. – White Rock, British Columbia – To evaluate renewable energy technology for a new Operations Building; total cost $40,000. – Drayton Valley, Alberta – To examine the potential to supply electricity for heating and cooling from a co-generation facility that burns waste wood; total cost $120,840. – Village of South River, Ontario – To examine the use of a small-hydro electric generation facility on the South River; total cost $145, 800. Of four projects approved under GMIF, the capital of Ottawa will launch a $1.7 million pilot project to retrofit 49 facilities with solar hot water and space heating, solar walls, green roofs and rainwater collection, as well as cogeneration systems. FCM is the national association of municipal governments in Canada.