City of Toronto awarded funding to study smart card technology and generating energy from animal waste |
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Toronto City Councillor Howard Moscoe, a member of the National Board of
Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Honourable
David Collenette, federal Minister of Transport, and Derek Lee, Member of
Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge River, recently announced the awarding of two
grants for feasibility studies from the Green Municipal Funds.
Moving the Economy (MTE), a program of City of Toronto Urban Development
Services in partnership with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, received $41,250 to
assess using smart card technology to stimulate and support the delivery of
sustainable, multi-model transportation services to the Greater Toronto Area
(GTA). The Toronto Zoo received $30,000 for a biogas co-generation project that
will evaluate generating green electrical energy from animal waste.
"These are both very exciting projects," said Councillor Moscoe. "Biodigesting
animal waste for energy and implementing an integrated mobility system to
promote sustainable transportation will help the City meet several important
environmental goals, including 100 per cent diversion of household waste by
2010 and a 20 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions relative to 1990
levels by 2005."
"The development of an integrated mobility system has the potential to help
improve transportation and contribute to implementing sustainable
transportation practices," said Minister Collenette. "The Government of Canada
is pleased to be partnering with FCM in support of the City of Toronto."
The Green Municipal Funds (GMF), established by the Government of Canada and
managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, stimulate investment in
innovative municipal infrastructure projects and environmental practices in
Canadian municipalities. To date, 157 GMF projects have been approved for
funding of more than $12.5 million, leveraging more than $55 million in total
spending to act on cleaner air, water and soil, and on climate change.
The MTE study will include assessing the emissions reduction potential and
investigating the technical and financial feasibility of developing and
implementing Integrated Mobility Systems (IMS) - an innovative system for
improving, marketing and integrating transportation choices - on a regional
basis in the GTA. The study will assess the potential for IMS to access and
link a wide range of urban and inter-city transportation modes, tourist and
other urban services using smart card technology.
The Toronto Zoo's biogas co-generation feasibility study will evaluate
generating green electrical energy for Zoo use from the biodigestion of animal
waste. The study will include undertaking a cost and benefit analysis, and
determining the environmental benefits to the surrounding community and the
City. The Zoo currently composts its animal waste and uses the compost in its
pavilions and horticultural areas.
"The Toronto Zoo study is an opportunity to identify new ways to use animal
wastes to produce green energy for use by the facility and reduce greenhouse
gas emissions," said Derek Lee, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge
The funds will enable the City of Toronto to further its environmental
commitments and pursue innovative and sustainable environmental practices. For
more information about the City's environmental initiatives, visit
www.city.toronto.on.ca, or for the Green Municipal Funds visit FCM's Web site