Environment Canada

Environment Canada

July 07, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Community Environmental Projects in Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for two projects in Metro Vancouver. In total, $115,236 in federal funding will support local action to reduce energy, water and car use, to improve storm water management, and to mitigate climate change.

"In this International Year of Biodiversity as declared by the United Nations, it is particularly important that we focus on our natural heritage," said Minister Prentice. "This government is committed to addressing the environmental priorities of Canadians, and I am pleased to announce funding that will support important projects which address critical environmental issues in the lower Mainland. I applaud the dedicated community members who are taking action."

One group receiving $59,948 in funding is the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA). The EYA's Green Graffiti project will demonstrate the benefits of creating green wall and green roof technologies, and how they can mitigate the effects of climate change. "Our project will provide food and wildlife habitat to areas where conventional trees and shrubs are not feasible," said Hartley Rosen, Senior Manager of the EYA. "I am happy that the Government of Canada is partnering with us to support our youth's environmental stewardship role."

The second group, the Multifaith Action Society of British Columbia, is receiving federal funding of $55,288 for the "Be the Change" Youth Initiative. This program will encourage Vancouver secondary school students to reduce their environmental footprint. "Within the first year, we expect the young people to reduce their energy, car, water, and plastics use," noted Maureen Jack-LaCroix , Program Director, of the Multifaith Action Society of BC. "Funding under the EcoAction Community Funding Program will help us realize these important goals."

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 taking action to protect nature at the 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/.

(Egalement offert en francais)

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