Mayor Robertson, joined by representatives from the Federal Government, Provincial Government, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, recently flipped the switch on the City's first renewable district heating system. The $30 million system, which uses energy created from wastewater - a first in North America - will heat the Olympic Village and keep 2,800 athletes and officials warm during the 2010 Winter Games.
“The Southeast False Creek neighbourhood is designed on environmental, social and economic sustainability principles,” said Mayor Robertson. “The NEU will serve up to 16,000 residents and businesses – reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 per cent when compared to conventional energy sources such as gas.”
Mayor Robertson was joined at the announcement with the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), Margaret MacDiarmid, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview, and Marvin Hunt, Surrey City Councillor and member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ National Board of Directors.
To read more about the announcement, click here.
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