Province funds green Manitoba projects with $1.5 million in grants

Little Brown Jug Brewing Company founder Kevin Selch spoke on Thursday about how his organization is recycling CO2 biproducts of the brewing process and turning it into carbonated water. The CO2 rendered from brewing requires little work to transform into a consumable product. Little Brown Jug is one of many Manitoba businesses to receive funding from the province for taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The province is giving a funding boost to 14 green initiatives in Manitoba as part of $1.5 million in grants from the Conservation and Climate Fund.

Environment Minister Jeff Wharton said Thursday that the money is going to schools, municipalities, businesses and other groups that are working to protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gases and addressing the effects of climate change.

The fund, which was launched in 2020, saw an increase to its new total earlier this year to help green-light more projects.

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“Our government is proud to support these green projects that work to mitigate carbon emissions, develop green technology and conserve Manitoba’s varied natural landscapes and abundant waterways,” said Wharton.

“These environmentally responsible initiatives will help protect the environment while advancing the Manitoba government’s priority to transition the province to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.”

Among this year’s recipients are RRC Polytech ($67,500 for a drain water heat recovery system and $150,000 for a digital flood-resilient infrastructure project), Little Brown Jug Brewing Company ($150,000 for a carbon dioxide recapture system) and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation ($25,000 for the expansion of a water sample analysis program).

The village of St-Pierre-Jolys, city of Flin Flon and Rural Municipality of Cartier are among the municipal recipients of the funding.

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