FREDERICTON (GNB) – Almost $4 million from the Environmental Trust Fund will be invested into 195 projects during the 2012-13 fiscal year.

“With this important program, the provincial government helps to provide funding to hundreds of projects and initiatives that protect New Brunswick's air, land and water resources through improvement, restoration, preservation and protection,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Bruce Fitch. “I am pleased that we have been able to stretch the funding and help support as many projects as possible again this year.”

Applications to the fund are made annually by non-profit organizations, community groups, municipalities and institutions promoting sustainable development.
 
The projects are divided into six categories:

●    sustainable development (59 projects, $1,609,500);
●    restoration (11 projects, $238,000);
●    protection (36 projects including 20 Environmental Risk Assessments, $444,500);
●    education (70 projects, $1,344,250);
●    conservation (17 projects, $390,500); and
●    beautification (two projects, $36,000).

The projects cover a wide variety of initiatives to improve water quality, conserve energy, reduce waste, address climate change issues and protect the environment. Revenue for the Environmental Trust Fund comes from about half of the environmental fee paid on redeemable beverage containers.

More information, including the list of approved projects and initiatives, can be found on the department's website.

LINK:

●    Department of Environment and Local Government: www.gnb.ca/environment