Investments in Environmental Trust Fund projects (10/04/26)

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April 26, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Almost $4 million will be invested from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) into 172 projects in 2010-11, Environment Minister Rick Miles announced today.

"The ETF plays an important role in ensuring the completion of community-based environmental initiatives around the province," said Miles. "Often, without ETF funding these important projects could not be completed. I am pleased that the ETF will provide support to these initiatives, which serve to restore, improve, preserve and protect New Brunswick's air, land and water resources."

Applications to the fund are made annually by 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, address climate change issues and protect the environment.

"I commend those who are undertaking these important environmental projects being funded by the ETF," said Miles. "These projects will contribute to a sustainable environment which is a cornerstone of a self-sufficient province by 2026."

Revenue for the ETF comes from about half of the environmental fee paid on redeemable beverage containers.

More information and a list of approved projects is available at www.gnb.ca/0009/0373/0002/ETF-2010-11.pdf.


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