New HVAC systems for Rossland, Fruitvale schools – Rossland News
Kootenay-Columbia School District 20 will benefit from provincial funding in excess of $ 1.6 million.
The UK Department of Education announced $ 240.5 million in maintenance grants this year – a 10.5 percent increase from last year in an effort to become energy efficient.
In total, BC’s 2021 budget includes a record $ 3.5 billion for school capital investment, which also includes new and expanded schools, seismic upgrades and replacements, and land purchases for future schools to support growing communities.
As part of the School Enhancement Program (SEP), Rossland Summit School and Stanley Humphries in Castlegar will receive upgrades to their HVAC system.
The Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP) will provide HVAC upgrades at Fruitvale Elementary and Kinnaird Elementary, while the Bus Acquisition Program will equip the SD20 with two new buses.
The CNCP has been raised by $ 5.8 million to $ 23 million this year and is funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase energy efficiency. This includes HVAC systems, solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations.
“With more than 1,500 public schools in our county, maintaining and improving our facilities is a critical priority to ensure students learn in a healthy, efficient and positive environment no matter where they live,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Secretary of Education in a press release. “From ventilation and heating to energy efficiency and lighting, more money for maintenance allows neighborhoods to address immediate priorities and focus on providing the best possible learning experience for every BC student.”
The province will spend $ 15 million on more than 100 new school buses, including electric school buses in support of the province’s CleanBC goals to reduce their fleets’ greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.
“We are creating a cleaner environment for students and putting future generations on the path to a clean energy future,” said Bruce Ralston, Secretary of Energy, Mining and Low Carbon Innovation. “These electric school buses not only reduce air pollution, they also cost less over time.”
The funds will make improvements to HVAC systems in 84 schools, electrical systems in 66 schools and energy system upgrades in 26 schools across BC
“I am delighted with this increase in funding as it supports the important services provided by the 30,000 CUPE members working in the public K-12 system,” said Paul Faoro, president of CUPE BC. “And initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of our schools benefit everyone.”
School District No. 20 Kootenay-Columbia