Official Launch of Sackville’s 100amp Charging Station set for Tuesday, September 2nd

EOS Eco-Energy Inc. has partnered with the Town of Sackville, NB to install a 100 amp (240 volt) Sun Country Highway electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The installation work (by Tantramar Electric) is nearly complete at the Sackville Visitor Information Centre at 34 Mallard Drive. Sun County Highway will be on hand for the official launch and inaugural charge at noon on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. They will be bringing a Tesla Model S to charge. The public and media are welcome to attend this special event to learn more about electric vehicles and charging stations. Sackville joins a growing network of EV charging stations across Canada and the world, making it easier for EV owners to travel further. The Level 2, 100 amp charging station is among the fastest charging stations on the market today. “It will fully charge many EV’s in about 3 hours,” notes Amanda Marlin, executive director with EOS Eco-Energy. “This project is not only in line with our sustainability objectives, it gives people yet another reason to visit Sackville. This is an exciting project and we’re leading by example,” said Jamie Burke, Senior Manager of Corporate Projects for the Town of Sackville. EOS Eco-Energy is a non-profit organization based in Sackville NB. It serves the Tantramar region with research, action and education projects on climate change and energy issues. It received funding from the Mount Allison Students Union’s Green Investment Fund for the EV charging station. The Green Investment Fund is for local projects that reduce carbon emissions. “According to NB Power by switching to an electric vehicle, a New Brunswick driver can reduce his or her emissions by up to 84%,” explains Marlin. EOS was thrilled to partner with the Town of Sackville who contributed financially to the project and will maintain the charging station. The Town will also cover the cost of charging vehicles. For more information on the electric vehicle charging station contact Amanda Marlin, Executive Director of EOS Eco-Energy at 536-4487 or eos@nb.aibn.com or Jamie Burke, Senior Manager of Corporate Projects at the Town of Sackville at j.burke@sackville.com or 364-4957.

EOS is planting rain gardens this summer!

Find out all about rain gardens here: Rain Garden How-to Guide for Tantramar

Rain gardens are natural storm water management systems and a simple  way to adapt to climate change in Tantramar. Climate change is causing more rainfall but it is falling in fewer, more intense events. Rain gardens capture runoff from roofs or parking lots, etc and let it absorb naturally into the ground, keeping it out of storm drains. They are also helpful in coastal areas, limiting erosion and filtering polluted runoff. Rain gardens are planted with native grasses and flowers and also attract bees and butterflies!

We’re looking for volunteers to help us plant rain gardens in Port Elgin, Dorchester and Memramcook in June and July. Contact Robyn Snook at (506) 536-4487 or info.eos@bellaliant.com for more information and how to get involved.

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