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ESP receives $125,000 funding for Climate Change Coordinator

Posted: April 24, 2019

ESP receives $125,000 funding for Climate Change coordinator

The RM of East St. Paul is among 58 Canadian municipalities that will receive funding from the Government of Canada through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
East St. Paul and Churchill were the only Manitoba Municipalities selected for the funding, distributed through FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program.
The RM will receive $125,000 to supplement 80 per cent of the salary of a new employee over two years.  The funds will help the RM address climate change by reducing pollution and improving energy efficiency in the operation and maintenance of public infrastructure.
Mayor Shelley Hart said the funding allowed the municipality to hire a staff person, at little cost, and continue working to reduce its carbon footprint, as outlined in the RM's 2017 Climate Change Local Action Plan:  Acting Today to Change Tomorrow.
"Our Action Plan has three phases; in the first phase we created a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast, in phase two we set an emissions reduction target and now in phase three, we're developing an action plan", Hart said.
"We're proud that the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities saw the value in our climate change plan and selected us as one of just two Manitoba municipalities to receive this funding."
MaryAnn Mihychuk, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, said East St. Paul is leading the way among Manitoba's municipalities in its action plan to address climate change.
"This new funding promises to not only help the RM reduce its environmental impact, but create meaningful new economic opportunities through innovative recycling and composting programs," Mihychuk said.
"I'm pleased to see federal funding to allow ground-breaking work like this right here in Kildonan-St. Paul."
In the Action Plan, the RM has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 20 per cent below 2011 levels for municipal operations within 10 years and six per cent below 2011 levels in the community in the same time period.
The RM's Climate Change Coordinator will work to increase the RM's blue box recycling percentages by looking for alternatives to divert materials not currently accepted through the province's Multi Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) program.
One such program is plastic bag recycling.
The coordinator will also work towards establishing a composting site at the transfer station, and when ready, the compostable material will be available to residents, free of charge.  The coordinator will also work with the RM to improve public education regarding recycling.  This can be achieved in several ways, including signage detailing what is acceptable recycling and what is not.
The RM has already begun a program to reduce nutrient loading in ponds and stop algae growth and the new coordinator will continue this program.
The view Climate Change Local Action Plan:  Acting Today to Change Tomorrow, click HERE.


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