British Columbia school districts get funding for energy efficiency upgrades
June 19, 2012 - School districts throughout British Columbia are receiving their share of $5 million as part of ongoing funding to support their energy efficiency upgrades, said environment minister Terry Lake and education minister George Abbott today as they released the first of the government’s carbon neutral capital program (CNCP) cheques.
By Anthony Capkun
“Last year we celebrated becoming the first carbon neutral government in North America,” said Lake. “This year, guided by extensive consultation, we’re ensuring schools get new money tied to their emission and energy reduction efforts and, in doing so, solidifying our leadership while inspiring the climate action leaders of tomorrow.”
Of the $5 million, $4.7 million will be distributed to identified school districts that have not received funding from previous provincial government energy efficiency capital programs. A further $300,000 will be allocated to 41 school districts for technical expertise that can assist in identifying potential upgrade projects for future years of the CNCP. All school districts will be able to apply for funding in future years for projects that will help them reduce emissions and save energy costs.
“These investments in energy efficiency will help schools save money and energy, and help improve the learning environment for K-12 students throughout British Columbia,” said Abbott.