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YMCA Successful with Electric Vehicle Fund

YMCA Invercargill is pleased to confirm that we were successful in our application to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority Low Emissions Vehicle Fund, as announced by Hon Dr Megan Woods, yesterday. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/record-investment-low-emissions-vehicles-announced

This funding, along with support from Southern Trust, will allow the Y to purchase two Nissan Leaf electric cars. Powernet Southland will also support this project with the installation of a charging station.

Our CEO, Ivan Hodgetts, commented that ”these cars will be used for our work with young Southlander’s. This is a great outcome for a community organisation that allows us to show the practical ways that we can make a difference to our environment”. The YMCA is grateful for the support we received for this project and is proud to be able to start taking practical steps to reduce our carbon foot print. This is a part of our work to become a greener organisation.

In applying to the LEV fund, the Y noted its commitment to both cutting our carbon emissions and to helping demonstrate the practical actions people can take in their own lives to live more sustainably. These vehicles will provide an opportunity to integrate the benefits of electric vehicles into our youth programmes, passing knowledge of sustainability actions to our students.

We will also be advocating to other YMCAs the benefits of these vehicles.

While this initiative has real environmental and educational benefits, it has a practical economic benefit as well. Electric vehicles are significantly cheaper to run and require less servicing. Reducing vehicle costs, helps the Y to focus its resources on helping people in our community. After all, that is what YMCA Invercargill has been doing for 145 years.