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Brooks Receives Grant To Assist With Purchase Of New Electric Ice Resurfacer
Brooks – The City of Brooks is pleased to announce that a $50,000 grant was received from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) that was used to purchase an electric ice resurfacer this year.
The MCCAC provides funding, technical assistance, and education to municipalities, schools, and community organizations, helping them lower energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve climate resilience. Various grants and funding programs are available, including the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program, which is the Program the $50,000 was received from.
Electric ice resurfacers can be more expensive to purchase compared to propane ice resurfacers, but the long-term cost savings speak for themselves. Over the lifespan of a propane ice resurfacer, it is estimated that $100,000 worth of propane would be needed to power the unit; however, over the lifespan of an electric ice resurfacer, it is expected that only $13,500 worth of electricity is required.
“The purchase of an electric ice resurfacer makes our operations more efficient and cost effective. Not only are we reducing emissions and improving indoor air quality in our arena, but we will be saving on fuel and maintenance costs as well. This is a great initiative to move us into more sustainable operations,” stated Randi McPhillips, Manager, Recreation Services.
In 2018, City Council made a strategic goal to review projects and purchases through a climate change lens to promote sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint. Endeavours such as replacing a fossil fuel dependent vehicle with an electric vehicle fit within this commitment and represent progress towards Brooks’ sustainability goals.
The electric ice resurfacer is housed at the Centennial Regional Arena and was first used by Recreation staff in September. It was also used during the 2021 AJHL Showcase, held September 30 – October 3, 2021.
For more information, please contact:
Manager, Recreation Services