DUNNOTAR, MAN. — The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced it will contribute $666,750 through its Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Manitoba.
“Our cities and communities influence half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. That means local action is critical,” said Joanne Vanderheyden, president of FCM, in a statement.
“With support from the Green Municipal Fund, this is what’s happening: municipalities of all sizes are implementing smart low-carbon solutions. Empowering this local expertise is vital to meeting Canada’s climate goals. When orders of government work together to reduce emissions, we’re building more resilient communities.”
One of the funding recipients is the Exchange District Improvement Zone. It will receive $175,000 to develop a sustainable neighbourhood action plan (SNAP) in partnership with the City of Winnipeg. Winnipeg will also receive $67,000 to conduct a feasibility study to look into the environmental, social and economic benefits of capturing methane collected from the Brady Road Resource Management Facility and reusing it as an alternative energy source.
Other municipalities and groups that will receive funding include the Rural Municipality of Taché which will begin a pilot project to refine parameters and obtain the necessary data to design and implement a permanent full-scale phosphorous removal and recovery system from the municipal wastewater in the Town of Landmark’s lagoon.
The Village of Dunnotar will use funds to conduct a waste characterization study and evaluate the technical, financial and environmental feasibility of regional waste management solutions.
The City of Portage La Prairie will receive $70,500 to identify methods of providing affordable public transit.