Inverness County begins carbon reduction efforts

    Melanie Beaton, who serves as special projects facilitator for Inverness County, offers some insights on how the municipality will parcel out the $60,000 of provincial funding for emission reduction planning. She’s seen here with Energy Minister Derek Mombourquette and Inverness Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie.

    PORT HOOD: Inverness County now has a healthy bit of provincial funding to assist in the fight against climate change.

    “Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change and projects like this will build on our success,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, who announced $60,000 for emission reduction planning in Inverness County under the Low Carbon Communities Program.

    “Communities will be able to develop and study innovative ways to choose where their energy comes from while creating job opportunities. These low carbon projects will build on our success and allow communities to save on their energy bills and reduce emissions.”

    Mombourquette made the announcement in Port Hood during Inverness Council’s committee-of-the-whole meeting last Thursday. Funding will go to the municipality to support community engagement activities to gather feedback and ideas on emission reduction.

    “I have a great relationship with council, and I appreciate your friendship and support. It’s always nice to get back here.”

    Photos by Grant McDaniel — Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette visited Inverness County last Thursday. Pictured here are (from the left): Mombourquette, councillors Jim Mustard and Laurie Cranton; warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie; councillor John Dowling; deputy warden Alfred Poirier; CAO Keith MacDonald; and special projects facilitator Melanie Beaton. Missing is councillor John MacLennan.

    The minister said the McNeil government’s work to reduce emissions and increase renewable energy positioned Nova Scotia as a national leader in keeping it green. He noted that Nova Scotia has already met the national target of reducing emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

    This year, 11 projects across the province are receiving about $700,000. Eligible groups have received grants of up to $75,000 to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs.

    Inverness Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie said folks from Meat Cove to Port Hastings all know climate change is a real concern.

    “With your help, the Municipality of the Inverness County will become a leader in green house gas reductions,” she said. “We’re committed to working with residents, businesses, community organizations and the province to develop and implement feasible plans to reduce greenhouse gases, improve energy efficiency, and create jobs related to clean energy.”

    Low Carbon Communities helps eligible groups jump-start projects by funding feasibility studies and plans, engagement activities and building capacity. Projects also promote efficiency, solar energy, clean transportation and other programs that help communities save money on their energy costs.

    The municipality’s special projects facilitator Melanie Beaton said the municipality is focused on collaborative action.

    “Energy planning open houses will be held throughout the municipality in the fall, binding the ideas, skills and passions of residents to create a network of people, business and communities that will position us to take tangible steps toward carbon reduction, energy efficiency, and resilience,” she said.

    “When the time comes, the municipality will invite all residents to participate actively and share their thoughts and ideas for a brighter and cleaner future.”