District projects target carbon levels

The second project is to upgrade the boiler and control systems at Len Wood Middle School

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District is submitting two projects in response to the Ministry of Education’s carbon neutral capital projects.

This program is meant to recognize the cost of carbon offsets paid by school districts, which for the 2012 calendar year amounted to about $4.5 million.

The first project is to upgrade the mechanical systems at North Shuswap Elementary, which is estimated to save 32 tonnes of CO2 and $9,800 in energy costs per year.

The second project is to upgrade the boiler and control systems at Len Wood Middle School, which is estimated to save 12 tonnes of CO2 and save $5,000 in energy costs per year.

No B.C. Hydro exemption

Public schools can’t avoid the rising costs of B.C. Hydro.

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District received a letter from Energy Minister Bill Bennett saying that public schools will not be exempt from B.C. Hydro rate increases.

With significant increases in the hydro rates expected, the B.C. School Trustees Association approached the government for an exemption.