April 16, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Almost $4 million will be invested from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) in 167 environmental projects in 2009-10, Environment Minister Roland Haché announced today.
"I am pleased that the ETF will provide support to these community-based initiatives, which serve to restore, improve, preserve and protect New Brunswick's air, land and water resources," Haché said. "This year's projects will promote sustainable development throughout the province, and this will help New Brunswick remain positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026."
Applications to the fund are made annually by New Brunswick community groups, municipalities, non-profit organizations, and institutions promoting sustainable development.
The projects are divided into six categories:
The projects include initiatives to reduce waste, improve water quality, conserve energy, and protect the environment.
"I am very pleased to be announcing the ETF projects, which will be supported this year five weeks earlier than last year because of changes we made to the selection process," Haché said. "These changes streamlined the selection process, allowing the project proponent to get started on these important projects as quickly as possible."
Revenue for the ETF comes from about half of the environmental fee paid on redeemable beverage containers.
For more information, visit the ETF website. A full list of approved projects will be posted at the site in coming weeks.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.