Funding available for climate projects in Summerland

Funding is available for initiatives which help Summerlanders to reduce their carbon emissions.

Funding is available for initiatives which help Summerlanders to reduce their carbon emissions.

A new initiative, through the community’s Climate Action Committee, has $7,000 available in grant funding to assist with action-oriented projects.

Organizers expect to fund three to five projects.

Lisa Scott, a member of the committee, said the projects must result in a carbon reduction in Summerland and must have a benefit for the community.

She said one example of a carbon reduction project was the municipality’s effort to replace paper utility bills with electronic bills, distributed by email.

For those who register for the e-bill service, the municipality will set aside the amount of money equal to the postage fee.

This amount will go into a tree purchasing fund.

Money from the fund will be used to replace or add new trees to public spaces in the community.

Scott said full details of the funding initiative will be announced in January.

Those who want more information may call Scott at 250-404-0115 or email ecomatters@shaw.ca.