Thanks to Community Development Manager Rachelle Hardesty and Parks and Recs Supervisor Randy Lucas of Municipality of Tweed for the tour of the Tweed Arena today! Federal infrastructure investments in energy efficiency at the arena will save Tweed approximately 108,000 kw of energy and $12,000 each year, while reducing our carbon footprint. Our federal government is proud to be a partner in keeping a community hub like the Tweed arena going, as well as helping our municipalities with the costs that they have to maintain and operate their infrastructure.
Posted by Mike Bossio on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tweed, ON – Mike Bossio, the Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, toured the Tweed Arena today to see the impact that recent federal investments are making.
Earlier this year, Bossio announced $118,250 to improve energy efficiency at the arena as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which is investing $300 million to retrofit and improve existing community infrastructure assets and facilities across the country.
“Without the grant, we wouldn’t have been able to go forward,” said Rachelle Hardesty, Manager of Community Development, Parks and Recreation for the Municipality of Tweed. The work includes a lighting retrofit and replacing old ice compressors. “Our compressors are at least 30 years old. We don’t really know how old they are because they were hand-me-downs,” Hardesty explained.
Eligibility for the funding included the extent to which projects supported a clean growth economy. The improvements are estimated to save Tweed approximately 108,000 kW of energy and $12,000 each year in hydro costs.
“As a hockey player and a strong environmentalist, I really like what I see with this project,” said Bossio. “We’re making sure that community hubs like the Tweed Arena stay open for people to come together and enjoy, while also reducing our carbon footprint. When you add the relief that this has on the cost burden that our municipalities face to maintain and operate their infrastructure, you have a real winner.”
Facebook Live Video of the Tour (12 minutes): https://www.facebook.com/mike.bossio.liberal/videos/1178799582253076/