The allocation of funds through the province was made possible by School District 81’s submitted proposal to the Ministry of Education back in November 2014. Their proposal was then evaluated on greenhouse gas reduction, operational cost savings, and the level of contribution available for the project from the district and energy service partners.
They’re now one of 24 school districts sharing $5 million for energy projects like lighting upgrades, boiler replacements, solar panels and electric vehicles.
“It is always exciting to be able to save both money and the planet at the same time,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “Schools like J.S. Clark Elementary are contributing to protecting our environment here in the Peace.”
Since the Carbon Neutral Capital Program began in 2012, the ministry says school districts across the board have saved more than $1.2 million in school and vehicle operating cost, as well as a reduction of 4,000 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions.
Part of the program also has school districts receiving every dollar spent on carbon offsets back in their pocket every five years.
These projects are part of the provincial government’s objective of climate action leadership – which help school districts reduce their energy cost over time.
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