Three communities in the Annapolis Valley will deliver projects to reduce emissions and fight climate change, with support from the province. Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, July 26, $195,000 for three projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program. “Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change by reducing emissions,” said Mr. Irving. “Supporting these projects will help more communities be part of our cleaner energy future while creating jobs and growing our green economy.” The Town of Wolfville will receive $60,000 to build awareness of sustainable energy initiatives, conduct research and develop a long-term energy plan. “Wolfville has committed to an ambitious climate change mitigation program which aims to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the community.” said Jeff Cantwell, mayor of Wolfville. “Funding from the Low Carbon Communities Program will allow us to plan and implement a town-wide climate action engagement campaign, inspiring and empowering institutions, businesses and residents to do our part in fighting climate change.” The Clean Annapolis River Project will receive $75,000 to deliver awareness initiatives about renewable energy. “Making the shift to more sustainable energy systems is a shared responsibility and I am excited to be able to share my passion while supporting rural Nova Scotians in this journey,” said project leader Jakemen Mercer. “This funding allows us to develop educational programs and resources to help us make the transition to sustainable energy systems that otherwise have not been available here.” The Municipality of the District of West Hants will receive $60,000 to develop an emissions reduction plan for the district. “We are thankful for the funding provided as it will enable us to update our emissions data, determine where we produce the most emissions and create clear specific actions to mitigate climate change in our region,” said Saira Shah, planner, Municipality of the District of West Hants. Low Carbon Communities helps eligible groups jumpstart 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. 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. The Low Carbon Communities Program supports Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations and municipalities in Nova Scotia.