Prince George, September 27, 2017 – Prince George businesses continue to benefit from working with University of Northern British Columbia students. CN’s Carbon Reduction Project for Business, by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, heavily relies on these students to help local businesses become more environmentally sustainable. The Chamber continues to enrich local business as this opportunity provides practical insight into the benefits of carbon footprint reduction.
Carbon reduction is paramount in our community. This educational approach is unique to us as UNBC educates the students who in turn educate the businesses as to the benefits of reducing reliance on fossil fuels; to include reduced operating costs and a greener brand. Businesses receive a FREE carbon footprint analyses as the students hone their new experiential learning skills by analyzing utility bills and employee commute data.
The Chamber further facilitates business participants’ desire to reduce their carbon footprints or even become carbon neutral through summer interns. The Chamber is pleased to have a Carbon Intern in 2017, UNBC’s Arctica Cunningham, complete carbon audits at the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council office and Powder King Mountain Resort this summer.
- CN is the primary Chamber funder and contributed $107,262 for 2015-2017, CN committed to $56,426 for 2018 and 2019
- UNBC committed to run the course, 2015-2019
- UNBC’s Undergraduate Experiential Service Learning Program, committed to funding over $14,700 directly to the students, 2015-2018
- The Prince George Chamber of Commerce committed to be the primary project facilitator, 2015-2019
- The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable funded a media campaign in 2014, the Carbon Intern in 2016 and advertising dollars in 2017, over $45,000
- The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions funded the Carbon Intern in 2015 and 2017, $10,000 each year for $20,000 so far
- 25 businesses have had individualized, FREE carbon footprint analyses completed by UNBC students in three years
The course instructor, Prof. Kyrke Gaudreau, looks forward to continuing this project through the “Carbon Management: Sustainable Business in a Carbon-Constrained World” course during the Winter term. This course has been offered for three years in a row and is slated to continue for at least another two. UNBC Carbon Management students apply theory to practice as they assist business to improve local air quality, become more energy efficient, increase recycling and reduce waste. Participating students greatly appreciate the opportunity to interact directly with local businesses in this experiential learning opportunity as they learn how to approach and present their findings to encourage business to act.
The Chamber recognizes the continued success of this community based and community supported project through a small celebration at Duchess Community Park at 10a.m. on National Tree Day, September 27. A new educational plaque will be unveiled and two trees (Scotch Pine and Fir) will be dedicated at this event.
Other 2017 business participants include: AMCO Wholesale, Lithium One, Northern Lights Estate Winery, Prince George and District Community Arts Council (Studio 2880), Prince George Diaper Service and Stinger Welding.
More information is available on this project at: http://www.pgchamber.bc.ca/projects/current-projects/cns-carbon-reduction-project-for-business-2017/
Barbara Otter, Prince George Chamber of Commerce – Project Coordinator
250-562-2454 | email@example.com