Ontario Funds Community Action On Climate Change
McGuinty Government Sponsors 34 Local Projects
People across Ontario will be better prepared in the coming months to reduce greenhouse gases thanks to local leadership and the province's Community Go Green Fund.
Ontario's Community Go Green Fund finances projects that inform, teach and motivate people to reduce greenhouse gases or otherwise fight climate change. Projects target people of all ages and interests and are as diverse as the province's population.
Thirty-four community groups across Ontario will receive a total of $2.15 million in provincial funding. Projects vary by activity, scope and audience but all encourage lifestyle changes that are kinder to the environment and reduce greenhouse gases.
Students, homeowners, First Nations, city workers and business owners are just some of the people who will be participating. Selected projects include:
- A high school where students will design and implement renewable energy projects
- A centre teaching people about biomass heating systems
- A water stewardship program for public school students
- Homeowners and tenants learning about energy conservation
- Energy audits for small business and industry
- Individual action to reduce greenhouse gases is critical for Ontario to reach its 2014 and 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets. By 2014, we need to reduce emissions by 61 megatonnes; by 2020, 99 megatonnes.
- The Community Go Green Fund is part of a larger strategy to fight climate change, as laid out in Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.
“We’re building on our efforts to fight climate change with these 34 projects. We’re lucky to have people in this province who care about the environment and who, through their actions, will make Ontario a cleaner, greener place to live, work and raise our families.”