Like every other school board in the province, The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is taking stock in contracted and completed environmental upgrades after the provincial government announced it’s scrapping the $100 million Greenhouse Gas Reduction fund.
The program was a Cap-and-Trade funded capital renewal and improvement program that allowed school boards across the province to revitalize and renew aged building components, and upgrade/enhance school buildings to improve operational efficiency.
When contacted by the Gazette, HPEDSB spokesperson Kerry Donnell said the Board was made aware of the program’s cessation by the province last week.
Locally, the The funding represented approximately $1.2 million for HPEDSB in the 2018-2019 budget which was approved by the Board of Trustees on June 18, 2018.
According to Donnell, this funding was to be utilized to install high efficient lighting systems (LED lighting), high efficiency boilers and real-time energy monitoring systems at various HPEDSB facilities in the region including schools in Prince Edward County.
“As of July 3, 2018, $350,000 of this funding had been committed to efficiency projects,” Donnell told the Gazette.
School boards were told by the Province July 3 that only work that had been completed or contracted on or by that date would be honoured through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund disbursement
In 2017-18, HPEDSB spent $2.7 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds program on energy efficiency improvement projects.
In other HPEDSB news, work has been steady at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute as both exterior and interior modifications are well underway in advance of the start of the 2018-19 school year.
The front entrance and yard was in the process of being cleared this week before Cooney excavating builds a new $370,000 entrance way to allow for a bus drop off point.