Government green helping local school districts go green

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OKANAGAN - A couple local school districts will each get a slice of a provincial $5 million pie to direct toward energy saving initiatives in their schools.

Vernon School District 22 will receive $157,000 while Central Okanagan School District 23 will see $159,960 from the Ministry of Education's Carbon Neutral Program. Both will use the money for boiler replacement, according to a media release from the province.

The two local districts were among 24 B.C. school districts given the nod for funding for 2015-16. 

All schools were asked to submit proposals to the minister in November. They were evaluated on a number of criteria, including greenhouse gas emission reduction, operation cost savings, as well as operational cost savings and the level of contributions available for the project from the district and energy service partners. The green light was given to 25 projects overall.

To read more details about specific projects selected, go to Carbon Neutral Capital Program allocations for 2015-16.

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