PRINCE GEORGE – School District 57 has received $320,227 to help it purchase a new boiler for Ecole Lac des Bois Elementary though the provincial government’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP).

“Our government is committed to climate leadership and a carbon neutral public sector,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “By upgrading to a new, more-efficient model, Ecole Lac des Bois Elementary will help our school district save money on energy costs. The use of clean technology also allows the school to set an example of how we can continue to reduce our carbon footprint in Prince George.”

School District 57 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.

“Carbon-neutral policies like this are so important to improving air quality in our community,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “These forms of innovation in climate action are exactly what’s needed. Replacing antiquated technology like boilers is a great way for our schools to be proactive in combating climate change.”

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 $320,227 for School District 57’s boiler replacement project at Ecole Lac des Bois Elementary, 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.