In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas and generate significant savings, Brockton wants to amalgamate the Brant and Walkerton Work Shops into one new building.
Director of Operations Collin Saunders says the municipality has a rare opportunity to go after new provincial government funding that could finance such a project.
He says the Ontario Municipal GHG Challenge Fund is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan aimed at reducing some of worse municipal green house gas emitters.
This fund will finance up to 100 percent of the eligible costs for greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects.
Saunders believes the proposed amalgamation of the two workshops fit’s the funding criteria well.
He says combined, the Walkerton and Brant Workshops produce the third highest greenhouse gas emissions of any municipally owned building or facility in Brockton.
Saunders says building a new shop and equipping it with modern equipment would not only reduce Brockton’s carbon footprint but also result in significant energy savings.
Without government grant dollars, Saunders says Brockton could never take on such a project.
He is confident Brockton has a solid chance at qualify for some of this new greenhouse gas funding.
Under the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund, municipalities may request up to 10 million dollars per project.
The ultimate goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy.
Saunders says Brockton must strike while the iron is hot, calling this an excellent opportunity for Brockton to access government grant dollars to amalgamate and update the Walkerton and Brant Work Shops.