Clean Air Funding Reduces Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollutants

first_imgOver $1 million of funding has been announced for green technology projects that will help Nova Scotia go green. MLA Maurice Smith, on behalf of Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau, made the announcement today, July 28, in Antigonish. It comes from the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change. “The government is showing genuine leadership by working closely with municipalities, businesses and community organizations to support green technologies that will help fight climate change and reduce operating costs,” said Mr. Smith. More than $400,000 will help The Town of Antigonish and county transform an existing retail building into a new library and program space, set to become a green showcase facility for the community and the province. Northumberland Regional High School receives over $10,500 in funding to install a small wind turbine and two solar panels that will power school computers and form the basis of hands-on lessons in green energy. Archibald Dairy Farm, a fifth generation farm in Newtown, Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, receives more than $200,000 for a Biogas Energy Production project that will use green technology to turn cow manure and biosolids into heat and electricity for the farm. “This project will allow us to capture greenhouse gas emissions from our farm and convert them into renewable energy,” said Ian Archibald. “It is part of our long-term goals for minimizing the environmental footprint of our dairy farm, and for creating an exciting work environment to draw young farm entrepreneurs into the industry.” Other projects receiving funding are from Municipality of the District of Guysborough, Pictou County and the Town of New Glasgow. These projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1200 tonnes – equal to taking 250 cars off the road – and cut more than 2,000 kilograms of major air pollutant emissions. ecoNova Scotia funded projects help meet the objectives of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the Climate Change Action Plan. The ecoNova Scotia fund is administering funding from an original $42.5 million grant from the government of Canada. With this announcement, ecoNova Scotia has funded a total of 147 projects. All funding is now committed and no new applications are being accepted. For more information on the fund, please visit www.gov.ns.ca/ecoNovaScotia .last_img read more