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FCM’s Green Municipal Fund Supports City of Surrey’s Climate Action Strategy

Aerial view of Surrey City Centre during the daytime.

May 24, 2012

Surrey - Berry Vrbanovic, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and councillor for the City of Kitchener, Ontario, and Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood–Port Kells, today announced a Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) grant for the City of Surrey. The City will use the $165,000 to develop a new Community Climate Action Strategy.

“FCM’s Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments,” said Vrbanovic. “The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.”

“The Government of Canada is assisting municipalities across the country in achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians through the Green Municipal Fund,” said MP Grewal. “Today’s announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping Surrey build a greener future for our citizens.”

The Community Climate Action Strategy will include a Climate Adaptation Strategy and a Community Energy and Emissions Plan that will address buildings, land use, transportation, waste, and district energy. The plan will complement the City of Surrey’s recently adopted Corporate Emissions Action Plan, and align with the goals and objectives set out in the Surrey Sustainability Charter, which was implemented in 2008.

City staff will engage the public through the Surrey EnergyShift website and social media tools, as well as seek input from industry leaders including BC Hydro, which is contributing funding to the Community Energy and Emissions Plan.

The City’s stated objective in its Official Community Plan is a 33 per cent reduction (from a 2007 baseline) of Surrey’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and an 80 per cent per capita reduction by 2050.
“Surrey residents and businesses spend over $1 billion every year on energy, and most of that money is spent on transportation. Our new Climate Adaption Strategy will refine a plan for reducing carbon emissions and waste, which will create healthier communities and reduce costs,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.

The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.

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For information:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
City of Surrey
Tel.: 604-375-4584

Maurice Gingues
Media Relations Officer
Green Municipal Fund
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Tel.: 613-907-6399
Fax: 613-244-1515
E-mail: mgingues@fcm.ca
www.fcm.ca/gmf

Patricia Best
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Tel.: 613-996-2007

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Tel.: 613-992-4447