School District 91 receives provincial funding to reduce carbon footprint

School District 91 has received $267,000 to help it purchase Air Handling Units for Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary School.

School District 91 has received $267,000 to help it purchase Air Handling Units for Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary School though the provincial government’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP).

“Our government is committed to developing innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said. “Energy reduction projects such as installing Air Handling Units at Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary School is an example of how we can work to achieve a carbon neutral public sector and it’s great to see schools taking part in this program.”

School District 91 is one of 24 B.C. school districts 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.

Overall, 25 projects, including the $267,000 for School District 91’s Air Handling Units installation project at Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary School, were given the green light to move forward and are receiving provincial funds.

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.