Photo: Director of Planning and Engineering, Horacio Galanti (show top right on projector) speaks to Fort St. John City Councilors on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
By Christine Rumleskie
Fort St. John is making some eco-allies in South America.
On Monday’s City Council meeting, Council voiced its support for the International Energy and Environment Exchange Program (IEEEP).
Basically, the program is a knowledge-sharing device that will allow the City to share green initiatives with the communities of Belen, Andalgala and Santa Maria, along with mining company Xstrata Copper.
The program started last year when Director of Planning and Engineering, Horacio Galanti, attended the Amazon Summit in Manaus, Brazil. Galanti made contacts with a Canadian mining company, Xstrata, which has operations in the aforementioned Argentinean communities.
Xstrata suggested that Fort St. John and the three municipalities partner up, and exchange information on green-initiatives.
The IEEEP was developed, and the City will now clarify roles, timelines, objectives and other potential financial partners for this program.
The program contains many projects that would be developed between Fort St. John and the Argentinean communities, and if approved, includes a solid waste recycling program and a solar hot water collector project.