RICHMOND – The Richmond School District (SD 38) has received $66,595 from the provincial government’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP) to help purchase three electric vehicles for its facilities and maintenance.

“Our government strives hard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and I am glad to see funds available for the Richmond School District for protecting our beautiful environment in a practical and effective way,” said Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid.

Richmond School District is one of 24 B.C. school districts that are sharing $5 million for energy projects such as lighting upgrades, boiler replacements, solar panels and electric vehicles under the CNCP.

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 purchase of the three vehicles at Richmond School District, 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.