More communities across Canada are acting to increase energy efficiency, protect the environment and improve municipal services thanks to support from the Green Municipal Funds (GMF).Vancouver, British Columbia – October 15, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Last week, Canadian officials announced funding of CAN$10 million (US$6.3 million) for 49 innovative studies and projects to improve environmental performance in 42 communities. In Budget 2001, the Government of Canada doubled its financial commitment to the environment to CAN$250 million (US$158 million) to stimulate additional investment in innovative municipal projects and practices. The funds began operating in 2000 to encourage environmental projects launched by municipal governments and their partners to cut pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve municipal services. “Supporting the Green Municipal Funds shows that we are committed to helping municipal governments to develop new approaches to using resources wisely and improving services,” said Minister Dhaliwal. “Tackling these challenges is a shared responsibility and through the Green Municipal Funds we are supporting the leadership of municipal governments in developing new approaches to strengthen communities.” The projects include 43 studies funded through the Green Municipal Enabling Fund (GMEF). They will help municipalities identify strategies to reduce air, water and soil pollution and to promote renewable resources. The six Green Municipal Investment Fund (GMIF) projects will support the development of green infrastructure to improve landfill gas utilization, water treatment and energy efficiency. The funds will leverage a total project investment of CAN$33 million (US$ 20.8 million) through participating municipal governments and their partners.