Promoting The Value Of Going Green



    McGuinty Government Helping Local Organizations Deliver Clean, Green
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    QUEEN'S PARK, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Local organizations across the province
will get another $ 1 million in funding this year to help them cultivate a
conservation culture in their communities.
    Since 2006, local organizations have implemented 56 conservation projects
across the province with funding support from the Community Conservation
Initiatives program, which provides up to $50,000 per project.
    Applications for this year's grants are due by March 14, 2008. Successful
applicants will be notified in May. Visit www.energy.gov.on.ca for application
forms and more information about the program.
    The program funds community groups to promote conservation and
small-scale renewable energy projects. Past projects have included:

    
    -   Installing a solar hot water system and a solar cooker and barbeque
        at the Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre
    -   Providing low-income residents of Renfrew County with supplies to
        make their homes more efficient and
    -   Holding workshops for Grade 5 and 6 students in 36 Georgian Triangle
        schools. The workshops culminated in the production of a short film
        with an energy conservation theme.
    

    "Conservation is a vital part of the government's plan to build a
sustainable energy future," said Energy Minister Gerry Phillips. "We are
helping local organizations across Ontario build a culture of conservation in
their own communities and showing people the value of saving energy and money
along the way."
    Last June, the government unveiled a series of action-based programs to
support and encourage Ontarians to conserve energy. For example:

    
    -   The Home Energy Retrofit Program provides up to $5,000 for home
        energy retrofits that include Energy Star qualified furnaces for
        heating, solar domestic water systems and insulation
    -   The point-of-sale retail sales tax exemption for ENERGY STAR light
        bulbs, decorative light strings, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes
        washers, freezers, dehumidifiers and room air conditioners,
        purchased, rented or leased after July 19, 2007 and before
        July 20, 2008
    -   The retail sales tax rebate on qualifying solar, wind, micro hydro-
        electric and geothermal equipment, in effect to January 1, 2010.

    Disponible en français.

                             www.energy.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Alan Findlay, Minister's Office, (416)
327-3546; Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, (416) 327-4334

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