Sea to Sky Clean Air Society receives $54,450 grant

Squamish Chief

The Sea to Sky Clean Air Society (SSCAS) has received a grant of $54,450 to run a woodstove exchange program for those living in the Sea to Sky Corridor and along the eastern and western shores of Howe Sound.

The grant, awarded by the B.C. Lung Association and announced in a statement issued on Jan. 6, is part of a provincial wood stove exchange program facilitated and supported by the B.C. Ministry of Environment and the B.C. Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.

The program will allow 150 residents within the Sea to Sky and Howe Sound areas to exchange old woodstoves for high-efficiency, low-emission appliances, such as clean burning woodstoves that are Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved, officials said.

Residents of Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie, Squamish, Britannia Beach and Furry Creek will be eligible on a first-come, first served basis to participate in the program, which runs from late February to August 2011.

Participants will receive rebates for new wood-burning appliances to replace existing, older-model woodstoves. More details about the program will be released next month. For more information, visit