The Town of Golden is receiving $13,500 from the Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program as a way to encourage residents to replace their old wood stoves with cleaner burning models.
The announcement was made by Environment Minister Terry Lake who said the Golden and District Air Quality Committee and other participating organizations from 14 communities/regional districts are receiving more than $192,000 in grant funding from the Ministry of Environment to support their wood stove exchange goals for 2013.
“Through our wood stove exchange program, we are committed to reducing the number of old, inefficient wood stoves in B.C. and replacing them with more cost-efficient, environmentally-friendly models. By upgrading to a new stove and following the tips to burn smarter, British Columbians can ensure better air quality in their communities and a more positive effect on their own health,” Lake said.
The goal is to have close to 700 stoves exchanged in the program in the coming year.
Since 2008, the B.C. government has partnered with the BC Lung Association to run the wood stove exchange program.
“The BC Lung Association is extremely supportive of the wood stove exchange program and our ongoing partnership with government and participating communities. Smoke created by wood stoves is associated with many respiratory problems that can seriously impact one’s health, and we are pleased with the program’s continued success in helping to alleviate health concerns by replacing old stoves with cleaner, more efficient appliances,” said Scott McDonald, executive director, BC Lung Association
More than $1.8 million has been put towards the program which has resulted in more than 5,000 old wood stoves being replaced.