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Castlegar non-profits benefit from sustainability grants

Castlegar groups purchasing electric vehicles and solar panels
The Kootenay Society for Community Living (KSCL) is purchasing an electric vehicle and a charging station with support from Columbia Basin Trust. (L-R) Kathleen Elias, KSCL executive director and Leah Biln, delivery of benefits, CBT.

Several Castlegar non-profit agencies are the beneficiaries of a new round of Columbia Basin Trust grants aimed at reducing climate impacts and increasing sustainability.

The Kootenay Society for Community Living (KSCL) received $41,775 to purchase an electric vehicle and a level 2 charging station to support its community outreach programming for individuals and families.

“We currently support over 145 adults and teens who live throughout the West Kootenay, so transportation is a vital part of all our programs,” said Kathleen Elias, KSCL executive director. “Along with cost savings, KSCL is lowering its carbon footprint and becoming environmentally responsible. As well, installing a dual charging station ensures the electric vehicle is ready for daily usage and prepares us for future electric vehicle purchases.”

Kootenay Family Place received $60,000 to purchase a new electric vehicle.

The Castlegar and District Public Library received $45,000 to purchase LED lighting and solar panels.

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Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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