Premier Pledges Provinces Support for Sustainable Community Development

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter and Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly joined local businesses to commit to sharing knowledge about creating cost-effective, energy-efficient communities today, Oct. 13. The premier and mayor signed a memorandum of understanding that pledges support for the use of Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) principles in the development of a subdivision in Bedford West. This will be the first community project built according to QUEST principles. “This is the first step in long journey of co-operation between government and business on this issue,” said Premier Dexter. “Our goal is to create communities that are more efficient and can withstand tough economic times. Building communities like this will help create jobs and make life better for Nova Scotia families.” QUEST is a network of people from the energy industry, environmental groups, governments, researchers and communities that work to make more efficient use of energy, better manage waste, use more renewable resources, and use electricity grids strategically to build better communities. Under the agreement, the province, the city, Clayton Developments, East Port Properties and Heritage Gas will share their knowledge about creating cost-effective, energy-efficient communities. Mayor Kelly praised QUEST’s integrated approach to land-use, energy, transport, water and waste management that helps promote responsible energy use and lowers greenhouse gas emissions. “This is in keeping with municipal council’s commitment to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent from 2002 levels. What we are doing today supports our efforts and will help us reach our objective.” QUEST seeks to create communities that use energy sources that provide the best value and reduce greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. The province joined QUEST in 2009. FOR BROADCAST USE Premier Darrell Dexter today (October 13th) joined Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly and local businesses to commit to sharing knowledge about creating cost-effective, energy-efficient communities. The premier and the mayor signed a memorandum of understanding that pledges support for the use of QUEST principles in the development of a subdivision in Bedford West. QUEST, which stands for Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, encourages government and business to build better communities by smarter energy use, better waste management, and using more renewable resources. -30-last_img

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