Windsor, Ontario, August 19, 2010. The Town of Collingwood received an AMO Federal Gas Tax Project Award for its new Collingwood Public Library and Municipal Offices.The award was presented to Mayor Chris Carrier by Government House Leader John Baird and AMO Past President Peter Hume today at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference in Windsor.
The annual awards honour municipalities that have demonstrated excellence in the use of Federal Gas Tax funding. Award-winning projects display exceptional community benefits and help achieve the fund’s environmental objectives of cleaner water, cleaner air, or reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
“Collingwood’s new library and municipal offices are a great example of how municipal buildings can achieve environmental benefits through energy efficiency,” said AMO Past President Peter Hume. “The Town has set a high standard for any municipality that is serious about building smart, green facilities.”
The project is set to be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified library in Ontario. With the support of more than $780,000 in gas tax funding, the building incorporates many state-of-the-art technologies into its design. Features include a green roof, demand controlled ventilation, a building automation system, and ground source heat pumps. The project also includes a computerized touch screen allowing visitors to learn about these initiatives and gain firsthand knowledge about green building design.
In total, the building will use 50 per cent less water than a conventional building and is estimated to result in a cost savings of 67 per cent.
"Money from the Federal Gas Tax Fund permitted the Town of Collingwood to create one of the most environmentally-friendly public buildings in Canada," said Mayor Chris Carrier. “It has allowed us to provide the citizens of Collingwood with an outstanding example of modern and environmentally-responsible design."
The Federal Gas Tax Fund is the only stable source of municipal infrastructure funding, providing $746 million to all Ontario municipalities each year. The program focuses on environmentally sustainable infrastructure that helps achieve cleaner water, cleaner air, or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Originally launched as a five-year program in 2005, the Gas Tax Fund was extended to 2014 and the 2008 Federal Budget committed to making the program permanent.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 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.