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Columbia Basin Trust funding supports sustainability projects – Trail Daily Times

Buildings in 12 communities will benefit from upgrades to sustainability, safety and energy efficiency through the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) construction support grant.

The Building Support Grant helps nonprofit organizations complete energy retrofits and repairs to community-oriented buildings made possible by CBT’s $1.2 million in support.

Projects will add improvements to buildings to conserve or generate energy, such as adding LED lighting, insulation or solar systems, and repairs that extend the life of the building.

In Revelstoke, the Community Connections Revelstoke Society received $117,750 to upgrade their office by adding LED lighting and occupancy sensors, replacing the roof and roof heater, high-efficiency ventilation and air conditioning units, and by adding solar panels.

“Community Connections Society has been able to make exciting and essential improvements to our program and administrative office while prioritizing environmental efficiency,” Executive Director Sheena Wells said in a statement. “The Trust program allows us to incorporate improvements that would be out of reach for us and allows our organizational dollars to go further to serve our community.”

In Salmo, the Community Resource Society received $40,800 to upgrade its programs and office building by adding LED lighting and replacing and upgrading various existing light fixtures.

Other significant repairs and upgrades include:

• Trail Family and Individual Resource Society (Trail) received $316,000 to upgrade its program and administrative building

• Summit Community Services Society (Cranbrook) received $155,800 to upgrade lighting and solar photovoltaic system

• Castlegar and District Community Services Society (Castlegar) received $100,000 to upgrade the administration building

• ʔaq̓ am (a member community of the Ktunaxa Nation) received $85,000 to upgrade its language and cultural center by insulating the crawl space and exterior walls and replacing doors, windows and exterior siding.

“Basin residents have told us that climate resilience and community well-being are important to them,” said Mark Brunton, senior director, benefits delivery, Columbia Basin Trust in a statement.

“These projects increase the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings used by the community, which helps nonprofits and First Nations meet local needs.


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