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The province announces two projects to help fight climate change

By Caitlin Snow Aug 15, 2023 | 12:47 PM

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The province’s Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund is spending $430, 000 on two projects, to help fight climate change.

Non-profit organization MusGo Rider will receive $130, 400 to install solar panels that will power electric vehicle charges and to retrofit it’s building. This will reduce it’s greenhouse gas emissions by 589 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

“These investments mark significant strides towards our commitment to a greener future for Nova Scotia,” he said. “Projects like these promote forward-thinking strategies that reduce emissions and waste and make communities even healthier. This underscores the essence of the Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund – community-based solutions to address climate change and create a better tomorrow.”

HRM will get $306,600 to reduce waste and energy consumption in solid waste systems.

“By securing this important funding for the municipality’s solid waste strategy review, we can better align our solid waste management approach with our climate goals in HalifACT, creating a more sustainable future for our region,” said Mayor Mike Savage.

The Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund is available to municipalities, non-profit and community organizations, post-secondary institutions and First Nations communities to help them respond to, prepare for and fight climate change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are grateful for the support from Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund. This funding supports our vision of making MusGo Rider a greener community transportation organization,” said Jessie Greenough, Executive Director, MusGo Rider.

The fund provides $15 million over three years for projects that help communities adapt to climate change, mitigate its impacts and help Nova Scotia reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities acknowledges the immense significance of the Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund and the initiatives it supports. These endeavours, driven by local communities, highlight the considerable impact that co-operative actions can have on tackling climate change. We are pleased to support these endeavours, which will play a role in shaping a more sustainable future for all. We applaud MusGo Rider highlighting the benefits of electric vehicles, and HRM for their comprehensive strategic review of solid waste programs,” Juanita Spencer, CEO, Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities.


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