Friday, March 6, 2015

BC Gov't News

School's in Hot Water

Mt. Slesse Middle gets it's share of "green"

Released by the BC Gov't Caucus/Handout photo


he Chilliwack School District #33 is receiving $287,000 to help it replace a boiler for Mt. Slesse Middle School though the provincial government’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP), announced Chilliwack MLA John Martin.


“Ensuring that schools are reducing their carbon emissions is an important priority,” said Martin. “Updating old technology is environmentally friendly and saves money at the same time; it’s a win-win.”


The Chilliwack School District is one of 24 B.C. school districts that are sharing $5 million for energy projects like lighting upgrades, boiler replacements, solar panels and electric vehicles under the CNCP.


School districts were asked to submit proposals to the Ministry of Education back in November. These proposals were then evaluated on greenhouse gas emission reductions and operational cost savings, along with the level of contributions available for the project from the district and energy service partners.


Overall, 25 projects, including the $287,000 for the Chilliwack School District’s boiler replacement project at Mt. Slesse Middle School, were given the green light to move forward and are receiving provincial funds.


Every five years, each dollar a school district spends in purchasing carbon offsets is intended to flow back to the district through the CNCP. The funded projects help school districts reduce their energy costs over time and support government’s overall objective of climate action leadership.


Since the program began in 2012, school districts now achieve annual savings of more than $1.2 million in school and vehicle operating costs as well as a reduction of 4,000 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions as a direct result of the projects.



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