New funding in support of British Columbia’s Clean Air Day

The BC Lung Association is being awarded $200,000 to continue the Wood Stove Exchange Program.

Since 2008, the government has partnered with the association to encourage British Columbians to replace their old wood stoves for new low-emissions appliances, replacing nearly 6,000 wooden stoves to date, and reducing over 300 tonnes of particulate matter emissions per year.

So far, the province has put forth over $2,000,000 towards the program.

“The BC Lung Association has a long ongoing partnership with government,” CEO of the BC Lung Association, Scott McDonald said. “…Air pollution, whether caused by vehicle idling or old wood stoves, is harmful to individual health, the environment and the prosperity of our beautiful province.”

The province is also trying to amp the awareness about climate change and has given the Hub for Action on School Transportation Emissions $100,000.

The hub is an online resource and networking program, helping students, teachers, schools and communities take action to reduce school transportation emission for the coming year.

Finally, $100,000 is being allocated to the BC Clean Air Research Fund (BC CLEAR) to support strategic air quality and health research.

One of the most successful research projects from BC CLEAR is the Western Canada BlueSky Smoke Forecasting System.

A 2010 pilot project, people can visit www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/, and see hourly forecasts of wildfire smoke form Western Canada.

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