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Provincial Government Releases Greening Government Action Plan January 21, 2015
The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency:
Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to rise today as the Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to announce the release of a new action plan to create a culture of environmental sustainability within government's own operations.
In 2011, our government released strategic frameworks for taking action on climate change and energy efficiency in Newfoundland and Labrador. Progress on these important issues requires action by all, and it is critical that government continues to demonstrate strong leadership.
Mr. Speaker, the Greening Government Action Plan outlines 46 commitments across five strategic objectives. These objectives are:
- Increasing waste diversion;
- Improving the sustainability of government buildings;
- Integrating green considerations into transportation decisions;
- Increasing the procurement of environmentally preferable products and services; and
- Effectively engaging employees on each of these issues.
There are many benefits to improving the environmental sustainability of our operations, Mr. Speaker. Saving energy has the potential to lower operating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is an important step in addressing climate change. Additionally, increasing the demand for environmentally preferable products and services can generate new business opportunities in the province.
Mr. Speaker, the Greening Government Action Plan builds upon the significant steps we have already taken towards improving the environmental sustainability of our operations. Actions to date include ensuring new government buildings are constructed to meet environmental standards, transforming our fleet to include 34 per cent fuel-efficient vehicles, and developing guidance to integrate green considerations into procurement.
I look forward to the implementation of this action plan across government, Mr. Speaker, as we continue to take practical steps to improve the environmental sustainability of our operations. Mr. Speaker, I will table this report for my Honourable colleagues. The report is also available online.
Enter the "takeCHARGE of Your Town" Initiative January 19, 2015
The "takeCHARGE of Your Town" initiative is aimed at encouraging residents and municipalities across Newfoundland and Labrador to reduce their energy use. Over the past four years, a total of more than $25,000 has been provided to cities and towns as a result of this initiative.
This year, one grant of $7,500 is available to be won. The "takeCHARGE of Your Town" initiative is currently inviting municipalities to submit proposals that will support efforts in their community to promote energy conservation or efficiency. Proposals must demonstrate a positive effort to save energy that benefits the entire community. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency upgrades to a town hall or municipal building.
The current deadline for applications is January 30, 2015 (4:00pm). Find out more about submitting a proposal.
Contests for K-12 Students Promote Energy Conservation January 6, 2015
As part of the new HotShots initiative, the Provincial Government has partnered with takeCHARGE to offer two contests about energy conservation for students in Newfoundland and Labrador:
K-I-C START Contest (Grades K-6)
Deadline: January 30, 2015
To enter the K-I-C Start contest, students must explain why saving energy is important and how they can save energy. Entries are a classroom effort. Individual classes must design an entry that is creative, informative and fun. A class can film a short video, write a book, record a song or design a poster. Only your imagination limits you!
Prizes: There will be three grand prize winners of five iPads and multiple winners of two iPads. The prizes will be awarded at the classroom level.
HotShots Contest (Grades 7-12)
Deadline: April 2, 2015
This contest requires students to creatively communicate messages about saving energy to their peers. Students must explain why saving energy is important in a way that will inspire other students to take action. Entries can be from an individual or a group of up to five students. Entries should be creative, informative and fun, and could be a video, book, song, poster or other creative medium.
Prizes: There will be three grand prize winners. Each winner will receive one iPad for each member of their group and 10 iPads for their school!
Find out more information on entering the contests!
Quick Facts about HotShots:
HotShots was launched in October 2014 to raise awareness about the importance of energy conservation among students in Newfoundland and Labrador. As part of this initiative:
- All 263 public schools in the province have received resource packs with information about where energy comes from in Newfoundland and Labrador, the benefits of saving energy, and how students can reduce the amount of energy they use
- A new curriculum-based website was launched for teachers, with all resources and information available in both English and French
- 140 classes across the province have received interactive presentations about the importance of saving energy