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Saskatoon’s progressive environmental initiatives receives $500,000 in federal funding

For immediate release: August 7, 2018 - 11:00am
CP18-139

Saskatoon continues to make strides in re-developing the environmental landscape throughout the city.

In an effort to increase local green innovation, climate change resiliency and infrastructure planning, the City has been approved for environmental funding amounting to roughly $500,000 from the Government of Canada, delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

“Our city is at a pivotal time in how we grow and develop,” says Brenda Wallace, Director of Environmental and Corporate Initiatives“We have many opportunities to work with nature and leverage environmental initiatives for more sustainable prosperity. It’s important that these projects are not postponed for future generations; rather, we have the opportunity to act now while there are choices and options.“Through the funding received, we are able to shift toward an optimistic vision for a sustainable community.”

As growth continues, the City needs to be mindful of how old infrastructure is replaced, as well as how density is increased in established areas, and the way we interact with our environment.

“As Saskatoon continues on a course for growth, we need to be mindful of both new development areas and also abandoned, derelict, underutilized properties,” says Lesley Anderson, Director of Planning & Development. “The funding received for the Brownfield Renewal Strategy will support this major Plan for Growth initiative as we aim to assess and prioritize these types of sites along the City’s major corridors for revitalization.”

Funding from two infrastructure initiatives, the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), were received for five of the City’s projects. These initiatives are about helping municipalities prepare for, and adapt to, climate change, while providing knowledge services to support sustainable community development, all with the target to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and improve the environment.

Approved projects under MCIP:

   

Project title

Approved funding amount

Natural capital asset valuation                                                        

$125,000   

 

Corporate adaptation strategy                                                                     

$125,000

 

Approved projects under GMF:

   

Project title

Approved funding amount

Plan for Growth - Brownfield renewal strategy                              

$46,400        

 

Organics feasibility study                                                          

$144,600

 

Plan for Growth - Brownfield renewal - field investigation    

$56,600

 

In January of this year, the City also received $125,000 for Climate Change Mitigation.

To learn more about Saskatoon’s environmental initiatives, visit saskatoon.ca/environment and for the Brownfield Renewal Strategy, visit saskatoon.ca/brownfield-renewal-strategy.

Plan for Growth projects are funded in part under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) from the Government of Canada. The Government of Saskatchewan administers federal PTIF funding in the province. The City is funding the remainder of the Plan.