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Winners of the Municipal Government Carbon Footprint Challenge

From turnbackthetide.ca:

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the winners of the Municipal Government Carbon Footprint Challenge. This was a joint initiative of the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading, and the Department of Municipal Affairs.

Under the Challenge, municipal governments were invited to use a new Carbon Calculator designed for municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador to estimate their carbon footprint and to submit ideas about how they could tackle climate change. The winners of the Challenge received $5,000 to put their ideas into action. Three prizes of $5,000 were awarded for: a small community (<500 people), a medium-sized community (500-2000), and a large community (>2000).

Excellent ideas were submitted by local governments across the province. Here’s a list of the winners and some ways they will use the prize money to reduce their carbon footprints:

  • The Town of Come By Chance will increase the number of recycling bins in municipal buildings, install energy-efficient lighting, and promote more energy-efficient driving habits.
  • The Town of Wabush will save energy by installing programmable thermostats in town buildings and timed lighting controls on streetlights.
  • The Town of Burin will winterize one its buildings containing town artifacts. This will reduce the town’s oil bill, which will lower its carbon footprint and operating costs.

Congratulations to the winners of the challenge and thanks to all of the communities that participated. Every community can help tackle climate change, no matter how big or how small.

If you haven’t checked out the Municipal Government Carbon Calculator, take a look. It provides tips on how to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating costs associated with municipal operations. The calculator will be incorporated into the Tidy Towns Award from 2014.

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