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School Sustainability Projects To Help Boost Regional Economies

Published: Fri 20 Nov 2020 02:07 PM
Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.
This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April supported projects at 53 schools.
Chris Hipkins said the Government is accelerating investment where projects can begin straight away to support local jobs.
“A total investment of around $2.5 million has been allocated to the successful schools in this round, for a total of $5 million across both rounds of the Fund,” Chris Hipkins said.
“These initiatives will reduce carbon emissions and costs for schools across the country.
“For example, at Ladbrooks School* in Halswell, has installed new LED Lighting system, new low-flow tap fittings, a heat pump system to replace old electric hot water cylinders, and more efficient heat pumps to replace electric fan and panel heaters with the Fund.
“At Randwick School* in Lower Hutt where 48 solar panels are being installed, it’s estimated that it will save the school more than $2600 in the first year they’re installed. We expect the school to save more than $65,000 over 25 years. Another example is replacing coal with a wood chip or wood pellet boiler which will typically reduce carbon emissions by more than 95%.
“I’m really impressed to see the variety of projects being funded. As we saw in Round One, solar panels and boiler replacement projects are popular. But we’ve seen plenty of other innovations funded, including rainwater collection, water conservation initiatives, composting and recycling alternatives.
“It was great to see that one of New Zealand’s most isolated schools has been supported through the Fund. Halfmoon Bay School on Rakiura/Stewart Island are installing a series of solar panels and battery storage, which will reduce their dependence on diesel.
“I’d also expect these projects to help build business confidence by providing a pipeline of work for local suppliers and contractors, such as plumbers, gasfitters, electricians and builders,” Chris Hipkins said.
A list of the successful schools in Round Two, as well as information about their projects can be viewed below. Projects at 94 schools have been supported through the Fund across both rounds, and more information about the Fund and a list of schools is available here.
*Ladbrooks School in Halswell and Randwick School in Lower Hutt received funding from the first round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund.School NameTerritorial AuthorityProject FundedBaverstock Oaks SchoolAuckland - HowickMultiple ProjectsBayswater SchoolAuckland - Devonport-TakapunaBoiler ReplacementBeach Haven SchoolAuckland - KaipatikiRainwater TanksCarew Peel Forest SchoolAshburton DistrictSolar ProjectDuntroon SchoolWaitaki DistrictSolar ProjectEdendale School (Auckland)Auckland - Albert-EdenBoiler ReplacementEdgecumbe CollegeWhakatane DistrictBoiler ReplacementFoxton Beach SchoolHorowhenua DistrictBoiler ReplacementFreyberg Community SchoolAuckland - Henderson-MasseyBoiler ReplacementGeraldine High SchoolTimaru DistrictLED ReplacementGisborne Boys' High SchoolGisborne DistrictLED ReplacementHalcombe Primary SchoolManawatu DistrictSolar ProjectHalfmoon Bay SchoolSouthland DistrictSolar ProjectHillside Primary SchoolSouthland DistrictSolar ProjectKimbolton SchoolManawatu DistrictComposting/Recycling InitiativeMatipo Road SchoolAuckland - Henderson-MasseyMultiple ProjectsMeadowbank SchoolAuckland - OrakeiLED ReplacementMercer SchoolWaikato DistrictClassroom Fireplace ReplacementMotupipi SchoolTasman DistrictSolar ProjectNgatimoti SchoolTasman DistrictSolar ProjectOnewhero Area SchoolWaikato DistrictLED ReplacementOturu SchoolFar North DistrictComposting/Recycling InitiativeOwairaka District SchoolAuckland - Albert-EdenMultiple ProjectsPeria SchoolFar North DistrictSolar ProjectRai Valley Area SchoolMarlborough DistrictSolar ProjectRuahine SchoolTararua DistrictLED ReplacementSefton SchoolWaimakariri DistrictSolar ProjectStratford Primary SchoolStratford DistrictComposting/Recycling InitiativeTauranga Girls' CollegeTauranga CityComposting/Recycling InitiativeTKK Motuhake o TawhiuauWhakatane DistrictBoiler ReplacementTKKM o Tamaki Nui A RuaTararua DistrictRainwater TanksTomarata SchoolAuckland - RodneyComposting/Recycling InitiativeWaiau SchoolHurunui DistrictSolar ProjectWaikino SchoolHauraki DistrictMultiple ProjectsWaimate Main SchoolWaimate DistrictSolar ProjectWaituna Creek SchoolWaimate DistrictSolar ProjectWeedons SchoolSelwyn DistrictSolar ProjectWesley Primary SchoolAuckland - PuketapapaMultiple ProjectsWhakatane IntermediateWhakatane DistrictMultiple ProjectsWhangaruru SchoolWhangarei DistrictSolar ProjectWoodbury SchoolTimaru DistrictLED Replacement

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