Mission Receives Provincial Funding To Reduce Carbon Footprint

By March 11, 2015Mission News, News

Release. The Mission School District has received over $200 000 to help it purchase a new boiler for Mission Secondary though the provincial government’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP), announced Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson.

“Using clean energy at Mission Secondary will contribute to a carbon neutral B.C.,” said Gibson. “The Carbon Neutral Capital Program will help move Mission towards a future that relies primarily on clean and efficient energy.”

Mission is one of 24 B.C. school districts 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 $225 485 for Mission’s new boiler installation at Mission Secondary, 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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