Support is now available for Nova Scotia communities that want to pursue clean energy and transportation projects that lower emissions and build on Nova Scotia’s successes in fighting climate change. Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette announced today, June 20, that the Low Carbon Communities Program is being combined with Connect2 and the new program is open for applications. “These investments continue to create green jobs across the province while improving the environment and our communities,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “We are a North American leader in fighting climate change and we are committed to doing even more.” Municipalities, Mi’kmaw communities, not-for-profit and other organizations are eligible for both the Low Carbon Communities Program and Connect2, the province’s sustainable transportation program. Combining the programs makes it easier and faster for these organizations to apply. Last year the Low Carbon Communities Program provided $75,000 in funding to the Clean Annapolis River Project for renewable energy initiatives. “We want to demonstrate in a tangible way that clean energy is something that can be a reality for homes and businesses in the Annapolis Valley area,” said Levi Cliché, executive director, Clean Annapolis River Project. “Funding from this program is what we needed to make sure we had staff and professional expertise to get started on the right track.” The province will invest up to $1.2 million to support community solar, district energy, public building efficiency, active transportation, zero-emission vehicles and other projects that can lower emissions. Funding can be used for community planning, feasibility studies, public engagement sessions, program promotion and demonstration projects. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 20. For more information, visit www.novascotia.ca/low-carbon-communities .