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GMF helps municipalities reach their sustainability goals

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Big or small, sustainability for all

During 2016–2017, FCM, through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), increased the capacity of small and rural municipalities to develop and implement sustainability projects by developing and delivering supports and solutions tailored to their unique needs and circumstances. Learn how FCM is helping municipalities in Alberta and Quebec reach their sustainability goals.

Through projects and studies, municipalities benefit from GMF funding to reduce waste and GHG emissions

Case studies

Alberta municipalities partner on
energy-from-waste project

  • Artist rendering of new facility. Credit: SAEWA.

Total budget$346,500
GMF grant$173,250

A consortium of 56 Alberta municipalities will study the feasibility of a centralized energy-from-waste facility. Led by the Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association, in partnership with the Town of Coaldale, AB, the project will examine the logistics associated with consolidating solid waste at a single site, then using the waste to produce energy for sale.

The project would complement recycling efforts, extend the life of existing landfill sites and produce a number of other benefits. Preliminary estimates suggest that the project could reduce total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with solid waste collection and disposal in the region by 20 per cent and divert more than 70 per cent of waste from landfill.

The study will consider:

  • Cost and environmental impacts of transporting solid waste
  • Current waste quantities and composition
  • How to process recyclables, metals and organic materials
  • Potential markets for renewable energy generated at the facility

Home, sweet energy-efficient home in Quebec

  • Six men standing and shaking hands, at the launch of the FIME program. Credit: Programme FIME de l’AQME.
  • Composite of three images showing home retrofit inspection. Image 1 (top): Man and woman speaking beside door. Image 2 (bottom left): Outdoor view of house, with stacked lumber in the foreground. Image 3 (bottom right): Man inspecting lattice and foundation of building with flashlight. Credit: Programme FIME de l’AQME.
  • Composite of three images showing home retrofit inspection. Image 1 (top left): Man and woman inspecting a stall shower. Image 2 (top right): An attic. Image 3 (bottom): Man and woman speaking at a table in a kitchen. Credit: Programme FIME de l’AQME.

Total budget$1.1 million
GMF grant$260,000

A joint pilot project in the City of Plessisville, the City of Varennes and the City of Verchères, QC, will reduce both energy costs and total GHG emissions by extending loans to homeowners for renovation projects.

The loans are linked to individual properties; if the property is sold, the new owner assumes responsibility for repayment. For municipalities, this decreases the risk of default, and increases both property values and municipal tax revenues.

The pilot project anticipates loans for at least 30 properties, resulting in annual reductions of approximately 64 tonnes of GHG emissions — equal to taking 13 cars off the road.

The savings in energy costs are expected to yield enough to pay back the loan amounts over 10 to 20 years.

The pilot is the first of its kind in Quebec and will generate valuable lessons to inform similar projects across the country.

Page Updated: 06/06/2018