City of Revelstoke, Community Connections get energy wise

Energy Sustainability Grants support 28 projects in Columbia Basin communities

The Revelstoke Community Centre will become more energy friendly with support from a Columbia Basin Trust Energy Sustainability Grant. Photo: Columbia Basin Trus

The City of Revelstoke and Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society are recipients of Columbia Basin Trust Energy Sustainability Grants.

The City of Revelstoke will receive $50,000 to 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.”

Community Connections will receive $20,906 to install LED lighting, draft sealing and thermostats, as well as upgrade existing HVAC units with economizers.

In total 28 buildings in 19 communities in the Columbia Basin 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.”

Other projects receiving a Columbia Basin Trust Energy Sustainability Grant include The Salmo Children’s Centre, The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Fernie Arts Station

A statement from Columbia Basin said the 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.