08/28/2008

Toronto, Ontario, August 28, 2008. The Town of Ajax has received an AMO Federal Gas Tax Project Award for its LEED Certified Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters.
The award was presented to Councillor Scott Crawford by Federal Environment Minister John Baird and Past AMO’s President Doug Reycraft at the 2008 Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference in Ottawa on August 26.

“Ajax’s new Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters is a glowing example of how buildings can achieve environmental benefit and energy efficiency,” said former AMO President Doug Reycraft.  “They have set a high standard for any municipality that is serious about building smart, green facilities.”

The $11 million facility was completed in June 2008 with the help of $1.2 million from the Federal Gas Tax Fund.  The two-story Fire Station and Headquarters also serves as the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre.  It boasts geothermal heating and cooling systems; has an extensive ‘green’ roof system with native and draught resistant plants; and uses significantly less water and energy than comparable facilities.  There is even priority parking for hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles, and secure storage for bicycles.

“We are honoured to receive an AMO Federal Gas Tax Project Award for this facility,” said Scott Crawford.  “The decision to build a LEED Certified fire hall is in keeping with Ajax’s ‘Environment First Philosophy’ and its commitment to customer service as Ontario’s first ISO 9001 registered municipality.”  

AMO Federal Gas Tax Project Awards recognize leadership and innovation in infrastructure projects.  

The Federal Gas Tax Fund was announced in the 2005 Federal Budget.  Municipalities can apply the funding to infrastructure projects that promote cleaner water, cleaner air, or reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  The fund is distributed among Ontario’s municipalities based on population and is estimated to bring an additional $2.9 billion to Ontario communities.  

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal 
governments.  AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.  

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