Nova Scotia communities that want to pursue clean energy projects can now apply for funding through the Low Carbon Communities program.

“We have a strong commitment to sustainable prosperity, and our communities play a key part in developing climate-friendly solutions like clean energy projects,” said Tory Rushton, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables. “We encourage communities to bring forward their innovative, sustainable and green projects to help us reduce emissions and advance our building efficiency, clean electricity and clean transportation sectors.”

The Low Carbon Communities program is open to community groups, municipalities, First Nations, post-secondary institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations with projects that benefit communities within Nova Scotia.

Funding can be used for community planning and designs, feasibility studies, education, public engagement and initiatives that demonstrate positive and innovative low carbon solutions.

“The Low Carbon Communities program was instrumental to the completion of the design of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association Resilience Centre,” said Zabrina Whitman, project manager at the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association.It ensured we could complete energy modelling for the sustainability of the centre, while making sure that the building reflected Mi’kmaq culture and need.”

The Clean Foundation works at the crossroads of clean energy and social equity to create initiatives that address programming gaps for vulnerable, historically marginalized and underserved Nova Scotians. “It is only through support from the Low Carbon Communities fund that we have been able to kick start a public housing retrofit project that demonstrates the potential to benefit thousands of Nova Scotian renters living in risk of energy poverty through fuel switching and energy efficiency upgrades,” said Rob Harris, senior manager at the Clean Foundation.

Applications will be accepted until November 18, 2021.

For more information on the program, visit:
https://novascotia.ca/low-carbon-communities/

Featured image: The resilience centre will house the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, and also be a place where Mi’kmaw women and their families can access a variety of programs and supports in one place. (Solterre Design – image credit)

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