By Lethbridge Herald on June 4, 2015.
A provincial funding boost for the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre was announced today in an attempt to help local governments further reduce their carbon footprint, create jobs and lower energy bills.
The Government of Alberta announced a $2-million investment in energy efficiency and conservation initiatives led by local governments.
â€œMunicipalities are on the frontline of climate change. Supporting local governments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not only good for the environment, it also creates good local jobs and reduces energy costs for taxpayers. This in turn frees up more resources for investments in the priorities of Alberta families,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, in a government press release.
â€œAUMA is grateful to the province for this increase in funding to the MCCAC program. Through this program, municipalities will continue to play a significant role in assisting the province with achieving its targets in environmental stewardship,” added Helen Rice, president, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, in the same release.
The Action Centre is a resource hub that offers education and funding support to all Alberta municipalities.
According to the government, recent initiatives supported by the centre are helping achieve include a 13-per-cent reduction in energy consumption by the Town of Beaumont through efficiency retrofits to the communityâ€™s town hall, fire hall and RCMP detachment, a nearly 400-tonne greenhouse-gas-emission reduction by the City of Calgary through retrofits to three facilities, for an overall annual savings of $67,000 and a 55-tonne reduction and $9,000 in annual savings by the City of Edmonton through the installation of solar panels at six community leagues.