The Manitoba government is awarding $1 million in grants from the Conservation and Climate Fund to nine organizations for green projects throughout the province, announced the province’s Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard.

“Manitoba continues to take important steps to restart our economy and create jobs, and our government is committed to supporting environmentally responsible initiatives,” said Guillemard. “These projects support a cleaner environment, climate adaptation and low-carbon economic growth.”

Manitoba launched the Conservation and Climate Fund last year with a commitment to ongoing support for environmental projects. Grants have been awarded this year to the following organizations through a results-oriented intake process:

  • Strategic Systems Engineering Inc. – $150,000 for a circular economy project which provides phosphorus and bio-char production from local harvested biomass feedstock;
  • Red River Basin Commission – $150,000 for a Netley Marsh renewal pilot on the restoration of vegetation shelves;
  • Gardewine Group – $150,000 for a heavy-duty electric truck, electrical infrastructure and operational testing;
  • Green Action Centre – $35,000 for an advanced compost pilot involving provincial government buildings;
  • Carbon Block – approximately $122,000 to research fertilizer application practices that would reduce nutrient loading in Manitoba’s waterways and achieve greenhouse-gas emissions reductions;
  • Office of Sustainability, University of Manitoba – $69,000 to support the electrification of fleet vehicles and encourage staff and students to use plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles;
  • Tecmerra Methane Solutions Ltd. – $150,000 for cleantech development involving a methane to methanol technology;
  • Winnipeg Trails Association Inc. – approximately $59,000 to support Winter Peg 2022, which will create winter activity in parks and community green spaces throughout Winnipeg; and
  • Association des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (AMBM), approximately $114,000 to support education about the transition to zero-emission vehicles by municipalities.

“We recognize that Manitoba’s transportation industry is responsible for nearly 40 per cent of the province’s total carbon output. As a result, we believe that in order to see meaningful change, our industry should lead and government should support the development of this initiative. We are part of an organization that believes in investing in technology for the future,” said Darin Downey, president and chief operating officer, Gardewine Group Limited Partnership. “We want Gardewine to be the industry pioneers, and serve as a guide and resource for other companies within our sector.”

Featured image: Manitoba’s Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard, right, and Darin Downey, president Gardewine Group. (Gardewine Group)

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