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May 17, 2001
Toronto awarded funding for Humber Arboretum project
  
Parks and Recreation Division -- The City of Toronto has been awarded a grant
and loan totaling $200,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
Green Municipal Investment Fund (GMIF) toward the expansion of the Centre for
Urban Ecology at the Humber Arboretum, an innovative environmental project.

The Government of Canada established the Green Municipal Funds (GMF) in its
2000 budget to stimulate investment in innovative municipal infrastructure
projects and environmental practices in Canadian municipalities. The GMF is
managed by the FCM.

The Green Municipal Investment Fund is a component of the Green Municipal
Funds. It is a $100-million revolving fund to encourage construction of green
infrastructure projects that are aimed at cutting polluting emissions to air,
water or soil through investments in energy, process efficiency or by promoting
the use of renewable resources. The GMIF also provides up to $2 million
annually in innovative pilot project grants for initiatives that can be
replicated in communities across Canada.

Toronto will receive $100,000 as a grant and $100,000 as a loan. A building
campaign will raise funds to upgrade the Nature Centre, improve visitor
services and convert from traditional energy sources to wind and solar
energies.

"This funding will kick start the building campaign for the expansion," said
John Macintyre, Director, Toronto Parks and Recreation. "Through our
fundraising campaign we will target an additional $1 million to cover
construction and operating costs."

Roy Cullen, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke North, congratulated the project
partners, the City of Toronto, Humber College and the Toronto and Region
Conservation Authority.

"This is an exiting and innovative development for our community and Toronto
that will both teach and demonstrate to us the benefits of sustainable
community development and better environmental practices," said Cullen. "The
improvements will be state of the art and serve as a model of an
environmentally friendly building that will inspire children, college students,
corporations, community members and tourists."

The new centre will use green waste management technologies and environmentally
friendly construction. It will include a solarium, children's nature activity
centre, student workshop, resource room and conservatory. The conservatory will
have a grey water filtration system and solar panels.

The Humber Arboretum, located on the West Humber River for the past 25 years,
is a not-for-profit community resource featuring landscaped gardens, walking
trails, natural forests and wetlands. It makes a unique contribution to the
lives of adults and children in the Greater Toronto Area. As a leader in
environmental education, the arboretum has provided the opportunity to
experience nature in the city and to discover how people and nature are
connected.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. The
federation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in all communities by
promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government.

To date, 38 projects have received funding under the GMF, with more than $2.5
million committed to improving municipal environmental performance and acting
on the issues of cleaner air, water, soil and climate change in communities
across Canada.

Additional information about the Green Municipal Funds is available on the FCM
web site, www.fcm.ca.


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