29 Fredericton-area projects supported by Environmental Trust
Sept. 18, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - An investment of $662,500 from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) will be
made in 29 environment-friendly projects beneficial to the Fredericton region, Environment Minister Rick
Miles announced today.
"Our government is strongly committed to promoting environmental sustainability and environmental
stewardship in New Brunswick, and these ETF investments are a testament to that fact," said Miles. "To
achieve self-sufficiency by 2026, New Brunswick must be proactive in fostering environmental
sustainability so that our communities will continue to be healthy places to live, be attractive to residents,
and be drivers of economic growth."
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.
The department announced in April that almost $4 million from the ETF would be invested in 167
environmental projects throughout New Brunswick in 2009-10.
"Through the promotion of environmental stewardship, climate change, and capacity-building activities in
all regions of New Brunswick, this year's projects will be effective in helping our province reach the goals
of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan, and achieve environmental sustainability," said
Revenue for the fund comes from about half of the environmental fee paid on redeemable beverage
containers in New Brunswick.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of projects in the Fredericton region to be supported with ETF
investments. MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment,
Projects supported with ETF investments
- The Canadian Forestry Association of New Brunswick is receiving $59,000 for its Adopt-a-Highway
and Spring Roadside Clean-up programs to remove highway litter, while expanding the
Adopt-a-Highway program to reach previously uncleaned areas. The association is also receiving
$20,000 for Envirothon, which increases high school students' knowledge of environmental issues and
ecological sustainability principles through practical studies and a provincial competition.
- The Climate Change Hub is receiving $50,000 to continue to improve public education and build
capacity among communities with regard to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Science East is receiving $35,000 to develop and deliver provincewide, informal, science-based
environmental education programs for youth and the public.
- Minlak Recycling, in co-operation with the Fredericton Region Solid Waste Commission, is receiving
$12,000 to continue to provide a drop-off location and sorting facility in the Minto area, and to
undertake a recycling education campaign.
- The Village of Cambridge Narrows is receiving $10,000 to develop an area of old-growth Acadian
forest as an outdoor learning centre for use by schools and the public.
- Ducks Unlimited is receiving $25,000 for Project Webfoot which will increase youth awareness of the
importance of wetland habitat to wildlife and a healthy environment.
- The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is receiving $25,000 to raise awareness regarding
implementation of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan as it relates to conservation o f
natural areas, forest management, community planning and smart growth. The society will also receive
$5,000 to continue to deliver nature conservation education programs to New Brunswick
schoolchildren and youth groups.
- The Union of New Brunswick Indians is receiving $15,000 to establish an online data management
system intended to strengthen the capacity of First Nations communities to make meaningful decisions
with regards to the environment.
- The Computers for Schools program is receiving $35,000 to continue to upgrade and refurbish donated
computers for public schools, and recycle or dispose of any non-reusable equipment in the most
environment-friendly manner available.
- Partners for Youth is receiving $25,000 for the Enviromania project, which will involve more than 300
youth in 20 middle schools learning about living a life of minimal impact and implementing an
environmental initiative in their communities.
- The New Brunswick Golf Association is receiving $14,000 to develop an integrated pest management
accreditation program for golf course superintendents.
- The Central New Brunwick Agri-Environmental Club is receiving $5,000 for a demo for an alternative
watering system for cattle.
- The New Brunswick Lung Association is receiving $15,000 for its Tire Pressure campaign which will
educate drivers about the air quality, climate change, safety and financial benefits of proper tire
maintenance. The association is also receiving $15,000 to expand its SIMPLE Driver Stewardship
Program, which is designed to influence Canadians to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas
- The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is receiving $20,000 to enhance stewardship activities and engage
the public in the management of its nature preserves.
- The Association of New Brunswick Land Surveyors is receiving $22,000 to develop a training session
and reference handbook to help land surveyors ensure proper environmental practices in watercourses
- Nature NB is receiving $20,000 to initiate a provincewide program that will increase public awareness
of New Brunswick's protected and ecologically sensitive areas.
- The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is receiving $30,000 to expand its outreach and
education program to include the Food That Won't Cost the Climate campaign to encourage residents
to purchase locally grown and produced food. The council will also receive $30,000 to establish a
Renewable Energy Assistance Hub for Southwest New Brunswick.
- The Kings County Region Solid Waste Commission is receiving $33,000 to develop a website and
school outreach program to encourage proper waste management.
- The Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association is receiving $30,000 to continue its work to protect
and enhance the ecological function of the Canaan River and Washademoak Lake, as well as reconnect
people with these aquatic resources. The association is also receiving $5,000 to distribute educational
pamphlets to residents. These projects are based at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
- Ducks Unlimited and the Coastal Wetlands Institute at Mount Allison University are receiving $44,000
to develop and test various techniques for salt-marsh restoration.
- The Nashwaak Watershed Association is receiving $20,000 to implement remediation activities as
identified in its water classification report in order to improve water quality in the Nashwaak River and
- The City of Fredericton is receiving $30,000 for its Green Matters program to engage and motivate
residents, businesses and groups to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Nature Conservancy of Canada is receiving $10,000 to educate the public on the ecology of
mudflats, the biology of shorebirds and the importance of protecting their natural habitat.
- Radio Fredericton is receiving $3,500 to raise awareness of environmental issues by broadcasting
various environmental messages.