(Columbia Basin) – Twenty-eight buildings in 19 communities are undertaking projects to generate energy, increase energy efficiency and sustainability, and reduce energy costs. The projects are being supported by over $800,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Energy Sustainability Grants.
The grants support community buildings that range from halls to aquatic centres, and activities can vary from installing LED lighting to adding heat pumps. Projects may also include improvements like upgrading windows, adding insulation and upgrading ventilation, even installing electric vehicle charging stations.
“Communities told us that renewable and alternative energy generation and conservation are important to them, and this program helps reduce the impact on the environment while realizing financial and sustainability benefits for building operators,” said Mark Brunton, Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits, Columbia Basin Trust. “These upgrades will help make community buildings more viable into the future, so they can continue to play important roles in the lives of people in the Basin.”
The City of Revelstoke will install LED lights in the Revelstoke Community Centre to reduce electricity consumption and save money.
“This project will help us work toward reducing electricity consumption and associated costs in city-owned buildings,” said Caitlin Hinton, Climate Change Coordinator. “This will help us meet the City of Revelstoke’s priorities of sustainability, livability and organizational resilience.”
There will be another opportunity to apply for this program later this year. To learn more about the Trust’s Energy Sustainability Grants and upcoming intakes, visit ourtrust.org/energygrants.
This program is one of the ways the Trust helps communities conserve energy and generate renewable energy. The Trust has also supported an electric vehicle charging network across the Basin, plus helped improve energy efficiency and sustainability in over 1,000 affordable rental housing units in the Basin.
For 25 years, Columbia Basin Trust has been supporting your ideas and efforts. We are renewing our strategic plan and want to hear from you. To join the conversation and imagine the future of #basinlife, visit imagine.ourtrust.org or call 1.800.505.8998.