Environment Canada

Environment Canada

July 07, 2010 12:46 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Community Environmental Projects in the Bow Valley Corridor

CANMORE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) - Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Wild Rose, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for two new environmental projects in Canmore, Alberta. In total, $129,208 in federal funding will support local action to reduce pollution, improve air and water quality, and protect wildlife and natural habitat.

"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Government of Canada is helping communities and their citizens enjoy cleaner air, water and land. The EcoAction Community Funding program is a concrete example of how we are supporting projects under this program because we believe on the ground activities like these can and will make a difference," said MP Richards.

"This government is committed to addressing the environmental priorities of Canadians," said Minister Prentice. "We are proud to support community groups across the country willing to take concrete action through on-the-ground environmental projects that will achieve a more sustainable Canada. Your actions, large or small, will help to protect the abundance and variety of life that is part of our natural heritage."

The Alberta Council for Environmental Education's project - Mobilizing Learners to Become Stewards of the Environment will engage a network of over 180 environmental education stakeholder groups through a series of Leadership Clinics and workshops. These events respond to the need for training and support these groups leading to increased stewardship action by the learners.

"This EcoAction grant will help our organization ramp up our efforts to advance environmental education in Alberta, through our leadership clinic, workshops, and delivery on our 2010 Framework to Advance Environmental Education in Alberta." said Gareth Thomson, Executive Director, Alberta Council for Environmental Education

The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley's Sustainable Action Program will host a series of community speakers and sustainability workshops that will enable households to measure and reduce their environmental impact with respect to waste, water, transportation, and energy.

"We are really excited to be able to undertake our Bow Valley Sustainable Action Program with the support of EcoAction Community Funding Program. This funding will allow us to host a series of action-based sustainability workshops and information sessions to individuals and groups throughout the Bow Valley" said Dr. Melanie Watt, Executive Director of the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley.

The EcoAction Community Funding Program is a Government of Canada initiative that supports projects that rehabilitate, protect or enhance the natural environment, and builds the capacity of communities and individuals in support of a more sustainable Canada. The two projects announced today will assist locally-based, non-profit organizations in initiating actions that result in cleaner air, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner water, and the protection of nature at the local community level.

More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is available on Environment Canada's website, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.

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