Speaking Out for Greener Communities

The federal NDP has launched its 5-point Green Agenda for Canada. Within five planks, we’re outlining a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas
emissions, attracting sustainable investment in infrastructure, developing greener transportation and creating jobs.

The NDP’s Green Agenda for Canada calls for Greener Homes, Communities, Transportation, Industry and a Greener Canada in the World.

We need clear and immediate solutions to combat climate change. This plan offers sustainable solutions for communities, governments and industry in an economically responsible way that will focus first on energy
efficiency, and on investment in alternative technologies.

For more information about the 5-point Green Agenda for Canada, visit the NDP website at www.ndp.ca

Sincerely,

Libby

The Greener Communities Strategy

A vital component of the Green Agenda is a ‘Greener Communities Strategy’ which includes the following proposals:

• Retrofit community, commercial and institutional infrastructure through a loan and tax incentive program.
• Install 100,000 solar thermal building systems (rooftops or walls), with a federal grant for 50 per cent of the material costs and loans for the remainder.
• Provide funding for community capacity building.
• Provide support for local co-operative and renewable power production using wind, biomass, and other renewable sources, and small scale cogeneration to reduce reliance upon centralized power plants.
• Enlarge the Federation of CanadianMunicipalities’ Green Fund.
• Provide incentives to communities to reduceemissions from land fills.

More about our Greener Communities Strategy

• Retrofitting community, commercial and institutional infrastructure through a loan and tax incentive program.

This program would help existing businesses, hospitals, churches and schools to reduce their energy consumption. Low-interest loans would be provided to public institutions such as hospitals, and tax incentives and write-offs
would be provided to corporations. Energy savings would cover the cost of loan
repayments.

• Installing 100,000 solar thermal building systems (rooftops or walls), as is done in Sweden, with a federal grant for 50 per cent of the material costs and loans for the remainder.

This is a crucial step in reducing energy costs for both commercial and residential building owners, and assisting in the introduction of new
solar technology.

• Providing funding for community capacity building.

Funding would be used to support the development of community groups and
nonprofit organizations to promote activities which promote greener use of energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

• Providing support for local co-operative and renewable power production.

This calls for the use of wind, biomass, and other renewable sources, and small scale cogeneration to reduce reliance upon centralized power plants.
It ensures there are fair and equitable interconnection standards across the country that can promote small scale energy producers. Nonwind
renewable energy such as biomass and small scale hydro would receive the incentives already available to wind power.

• Increasing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Fund.

This Green Fund helps drive infrastructure investment by communities towards green house gas reductions.

• Providing incentives to communities to reduce emissions from land fills.

The main greenhouse gas released from landfills is methane, much more harmful than CO2.

“Within seven years, the Greener Communities Strategy would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29.5 megatonnes," said NDP Environment Critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena–Bulkley Valley). "It will create thousands of jobs and save businesses, organizations and governments money by lowering
energy bills.”

This Update from Libby was posted on October 1, 2006
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