Province makes Environmental Trust Fund investments in Petit-Rocher-area projects (09/05/11)

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May 11, 2009

PETIT-ROCHER (CNB) - Funding of $50,000 from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) will be invested in two Petit-Rocher-area projects being undertaken by the Nepisiguit-Chaleur Solid Waste Commission (NCSWC).

Environment Minister Roland Haché made the announcement today in Petit-Rocher.

"The ETF plays a vital role in achieving our goal of being a self-sufficient province by 2026," said Haché. "Through these projects, New Brunswick will foster environmental sustainability, and ensure that communities around the province continue to be healthy places to live, be attractive to residents, and be drivers of economic growth."

The projects that received funding are:

Home and school composting ($30,000)

The NCSWC will educate and train residents and school children about the benefits of composting; and

Collection of batteries and fluorescent bulbs ($20,000)

The NCSWC will establish a program to collect used batteries and fluorescent bulbs in its region.

Each year, the ETF provides significant support to community-based initiatives to restore, improve, preserve and protect air, land and water resources in New Brunswick.

Haché announced in April 2009 that almost $4 million from the ETF would be invested in 167 environmental projects throughout New Brunswick in 2009-10.

"I am pleased that the ETF was able to support these projects," Haché said. "Engaging the people of this province and educating them about important environmental tools such as composting and recycling will be effective in helping our province reach the goals of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan, and achieve environmental sustainability."

The government launched the five-year action plan in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012. With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels in 2012. The achievement of these reductions will position New Brunswick to realize further reductions of 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

More information on the ETF and the Climate Change Action Plan is available online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs officer, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.