Nova Scotia’s provincial government announced $1.55 million in new funding to green government buildings in the province yesterday.

The funding announcement was made at a press conference by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks.

The additional funding brings the government’s two-year total up to $10.7 million.

The funds will be used for energy audits, preparation of designs, purchase and installation equipment, and retrofitting measures, said Estabrooks.

“By making our buildings greener today, we are ensuring the health and well-being of generations to come.”

The announcement came at the end of a press conference held to tout government’s progress on the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act legislation from 2007, which set out environmental and economic targets for the province.

“This act reflects a modern-day understanding that what’s good for the environment is good for the economy,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau.

“The third annual report we are releasing today shows we are meeting targets and moving steadily toward that vision.”

An official on the province’s Round Table on the Environment and Sustainable Prosperity said that while the province still has a long way to go on certain issues, the progress made on this one has been encouraging.