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Canada and FCM support seven green infrastructure projects in B.C.

Vancouver, British Columbia, December 17, 2020—Canadians have learned the importance of forward planning, and collective action in this extraordinary pandemic year. COVID-19 will one day pass, but climate change will persist. Investing in innovative solutions to reduce pollution and improve energy efficiency is key to creating cleaner, healthier communities, and sustainable economic growth.

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre, and Garth Frizzell, President of FCM, announced more than $5.3 million through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to bring innovative sustainable solutions to seven B.C. communities. Kennedy Stewart, Mayor of Vancouver, also participated in the announcement.

In Vancouver, more than $4.2 million is going to the Sewage Heat Recovery Expansion Project. This will increase the capacity of the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) to provide buildings in the Southeast False Creek area with low-carbon heat and hot water. The NEU recycles heat from wastewater and uses a mix of renewable and conventional natural gas to reduce harmful emissions.

In the City of Courtenay, $29,300 is going to a study on the feasibility of building a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Courtenay River to encourage active modes of transportation and reduce greenhouse gases.

The District of Summerland is receiving $45,900 for a series of studies to evaluate the viability of installing a one-megawatt solar array and two-megawatt battery storage system on a brownfield site that was previously used as a works yard and storage area.

In the City of Prince Rupert, $87,000 will go to assessing the feasibility of green infrastructure solutions—like engineered wetlands—to avoid the high capital costs of separating the city’s combined sewer while meeting federal wastewater regulations and discharge requirements.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary will use $10,000 under GMF to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of the rural use of electric vehicles for municipal fleets.

In the City of New Westminster, $82,500 will go towards a feasibility study on the proposed Sapperton District Energy System (SDES), which would use sewer heat recovery to reduce the carbon intensity of two of the largest development projects in the city: the Royal Columbian Hospital expansion and the nearby Sapperton Green, a 38-acre mixed-use development.

Finally, in the City of Richmond, $75,000 will be invested in a study to determine the best way to reduce storm water run-off from industrial hub on Mitchell Island, into the Fraser River. 

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