SASKATOON, SASK. — The City of Saskatoon has been approved for approximately $500,000 in environmental funding from the federal government via the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
The funding is intended to address local green innovations, infrastructure planning and climate change resiliency, and is sourced from the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), both infrastructure initiatives.
Approved projects under the MCIP include a natural capital asset valuation and a corporate adaptation strategy, each for $125,000.
The projects approved under the GMF are a $46,400 brownfield renewal strategy, a $144,600 organics feasibility study along with a brownfield renewal and field investigation for $56,600.
“As Saskatoon continues on a course for growth, we need to be mindful of both new development areas and also abandoned, derelict, underutilized properties. The funding received for the Brownfield Renewal Strategy will support this major Plan for Growth initiative as we aim to assess and prioritize these types of sites along the City’s major corridors for revitalization,” said City of Saskatoon director of planning and development Lesley Anderson in a statement.
The initiatives, a release from the City of Saskatoon stated, “are about helping municipalities prepare for, and adapt to, climate change, while providing knowledge services to support sustainable community development, all with the target to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and improve the environment.”
The city also received $125,000 for climate change mitigation in January 2018.
“Our city is at a pivotal time in how we grow and develop,” said City of Saskatoon director of environmental and corporate initiatives Brenda Wallace.
“It’s important that these projects are not postponed for future generations; rather, we have the opportunity to act now while there are choices and options. Through the funding received, we are able to shift toward an optimistic vision for a sustainable community.”