Prince George, February 3, 2015 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the University of Northern British Columbia to help local businesses reduce their carbon footprints. In 2014, Phase One of this innovative project focused on building awareness of carbon reduction initiatives to improve air quality within the Prince George air shed. The newly launched Phase Two will build on this momentum, and shift the focus to carbon management; the process of accurately estimating and accounting for the carbon footprint of goods, services and technologies.
Sponsored by CN, a major employer in Prince George, Phase Two brings together the local business community and students participating in UNBC’s “Carbon Management: The Intersection of Business and Environmentalism” course. This course, offered by the Environmental Studies and the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies programs, will work with ten to fifteen local businesses to measure their corporate carbon footprint and investigate recommendations for carbon reductions and energy savings. “This service will be offered for free, and will benefit both students and businesses,” says Kyle Aben, Course Instructor and Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Program Coordinator at UNBC, “It will give students the opportunity to solve real-world business problems. Meanwhile, businesses have an opportunity to save money through implementing the recommendations.”
Local businesses interested in learning more about this new project are invited to attend a “Meet and Greet” reception with the students, and their instructor, Kyle Aben. This will take place on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 2:00pm at Hummus Brothers Restaurant and Lounge. If you are a business interested in supporting carbon reduction initiatives in our community, please contact Project Coordinator Barbara Otter at the Chamber (250-562-2454) prior to the event to ensure space availability.
Marissa Kellett, Director of External Relations
Prince George Chamber of Commerce
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Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Program Coordinator, UNBC
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