Parkland Middle School is getting $160,000 for a direct digital controls upgrade — funding from the provincial government that is distributing nearly $5 million across B.C. to make schools more energy efficient.
The money is coming from the Carbon Neutral Capital Program, and schools are being directed to use the money on projects that will help save them money on electricity, natural gas and maintenance costs.
School districts applied for funding by submitting proposals to the Ministry of Education. Projects were selected based on the specific needs of each district, how well they would save money by boosting energy efficiency, and the school district and energy service provider contributions.
“With this program, school districts throughout B.C. have become more energy efficient and reduced their operating costs in the process,” said Education Minister Mike Bernier. “We are proud to be working with school districts to set an example for our students and communities by taking action to reduce our impact on the environment.”
Parkland Middle School was the only school in the Southeast Kootenay district to receive funding from the CNCP, which distributed funds to 27 schools across B.C.