Prince George, November 30, 2017 – The Northern Lights Estate Winery is now carbon neutral. This local craft-wine creator has embraced a new certification in order to reduce its total carbon emissions. Northern Lights Estate Winery chose to purchase carbon credits to offset environmental impact of its operations.
Northern Lights Estate Winery recently volunteered to be part of CN’s Carbon Reduction Project for Business by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the University of Northern British Columbia. Carbon Management students and a Carbon Intern provided Northern Lights Estate Winery with a carbon footprint analyses, ideas to make operational changes and reduce reliance on fossil fuels, lower operational expenses and further information as to become carbon neutral.
“This project would not have been possible without the collaboration of UNBC and the Chamber of Commerce in the CN Carbon Reduction project,” says Doug Bell, Northern Lights Estate Winery’s Owner/Operator. “The winery’s philosophy has always been about sustainability. This program has offered us an opportunity to do just that.”
CN, continues to support the communities that it serves, through this inaugural project. Joslyn Young, Manager, Public Affairs for CN also notes “CN is proud of this local effort to assist organizations as they further their operations through environmental sustainable practices. This is the third year offering of our five year commitment. We value this opportunity.”
According to the Prince George of Commerce’s Project Coordinator, Barbara Otter, “The Chamber is in a unique position as it creates new avenues for students to have experiential learning and utilize new job skills.” Chamber member operations are enhanced as they receive a FREE third-party evaluation and then choose how they wish to proceed. The Chamber is pleased to support Northern Lights Estate Winery’s business decision.
“Through the outstanding work of students and faculty in the Carbon Management class, small business owners across Prince George are able to better understand their carbon footprint and discover new ways to ensure their enterprises are environmentally sustainable,” says UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks. “By helping businesses such as Northern Lights Estate Winery become carbon neutral, UNBC researchers are demonstrating leadership by truly creating local solutions that have global impact.
Doug Bell concurs, “It is important for our community to show leadership in climate action and this is one small step for a much larger vision.”
The Chamber, CN and the University of Northern British Columbia have committed to continue this project with funding and support through 2019. The Chamber has a few spots left to fill for the January to April 2018 offering.
Barbara Otter, Prince George Chamber of Commerce – Project Coordinator
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Doug Bell, Northern Lights Estate Winery – Owner/Operator
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Peter James, UNBC – Communications Officer
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