|CN’S CARBON REDUCTION PROJECT FOR BUSINESS IS THREE YEARS STRONG
The Prince George Chamber of Commerce along with CN, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable, and the University of Northern British Columbia were excited to wrap up CN’s Carbon Reduction Project for Business 2017. We celebrated on National Tree Day, September 27, at Duchess Community Park.
The community impact that this project has made was recognized through the dedication of a Scotch pine tree, a fir tree and an educational plaque entitled, “Reducing Your Carbon Footprint.” This amazing park is part of our legacy and is surrounded by developing trees that enhance our air quality.
During the event, brief speeches were delivered by:
Chamber of Commerce CEO, Erika Ewacha
City of Prince George Acting Mayor, Susan Scott
CN National Account Manager, Lori Needham
UNBC Student, Rachelle Linde
PGAIR Board Member, Sherry McIntyre
Media coverage was exceptional as we invited media to interact with many project business participants to include:Benchmark Automotive, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum, Community Futures Fraser Fort George, EDI Environmental Dynamics, Powder King Mountain Resort, and P.S. Piano Service.
More volunteer businesses will be recruited over the next few months, to be “live” carbon footprint analyses case studies for UNBC’s Carbon Management class in January 2018. Commitments from the Chamber, CN and UNBC began in 2015 and continue for another two years.
The following represent a sample of the media coverage of this event:
Thank you to the local media for embracing this good news story!
Thanks to the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions for funding our summer Carbon Intern this summer, Arctica Cunningham. Arctica is a UNBC student and northern BC resident. We are excited to provide extensive learning opportunities as she calculates carbon footprint analyses on Powder King Mountain Resort in Mackenzie and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council’s Prince George office. The calculations are extensive and Arctica looks forward to this challenge. Also, she continues to support all of our past volunteer businesses from 2015-2017, if they wish to pursue a smaller carbon footprint.
We also look forward to our wrap-up celebration on National Tree Day in September.
For a third straight year, the Chamber is pleased to join forces with the University of Northern British Columbia and Canadian National Railway! In 2017, we will take more than one batch of participating businesses.
The 2017 Winter Intake includes:
- Community Futures
- Lithium One
- Northern Lights Estate Winery
- Prince George and District Community Arts Council
- Prince George Diaper Service
- Stinger Welding
We are looking for more business volunteers, please contact email@example.com.
Interested in reducing your carbon footprint by working with UNBC students?
The Prince George Chamber of Commerce continues to team up with the University of Northern British Columbia to offer FREE greenhouse gas audits for local businesses. We want to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and lower their expenses related to fossil fuel usage.
How do businesses benefit?
- Obtain a FREE carbon footprint analysis of your business.
- Receive customized advice on how to reduce operational costs.
- Gain business specific recommendations for emission reductions.
What is involved in participation?
- Provide live case study material for the students, held confidentially.
- Provide 12-consecutive months of utility bills (Fortis, BC Hydro, etc.) for each business location, before February 1, 2017.
- Provide company vehicle information from 12-consecutive months, before February 1, 2017 (make, model, year, total fuel consumption and mileage).
- Attend a casual ‘Meet and Greet’ to get to know the students, instructor and further understand the project.
- Provide a brief operational tour to students between February-March and any additional information to create a greenhouse gas inventory (paper usage, and employee commuting).
- Attend a student presentation in April, specific to your business.
Enjoy working with eager young minds.
For more information about volunteering your business, please contact:
Barbara Otter, Project Coordinator
E: firstname.lastname@example.org | T: 250-562-2454 x2006
A carbon footprint is the
total amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced directly and indirectly to support human activities. They are produced through fossil fuel combustion, deforestation, agricultural practices, electricity generation, and commercial/ residential activities.
Having a net zero carbon footprint.
A carbon offset is the reduction in GHG emissions created by one party, which can be purchased and used
to balance the emissions of another party.
|Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)
GHGs are gases that trap
heat in the atmosphere. All GHGs are standardized using a carbon dioxide equivalence factor (CO2e). The summation is referred to as total carbon footprint.