Three local businesses reach carbon neutrality
The efforts of three local businesses to become carbon neutral were celebrated on Wednesday.
Northern Lights Estate Winery, Prince George Driving for Life Academy and Timberline Footfitters have all achieved the milestone through the Prince George Chamber of Commerce’s Carbon Action Plan.
Launched in 2015, 46 businesses have signed on to reduce their carbon output if not become carbon neutral.
UNBC students carry out analyses to measure where businesses stand and how they can reduce their carbon footprints.
CN Rail is the program’s primary funder. “The funding partnership with CN, and program support from UNBC, has enabled the Prince George Chamber of Commerce to work with our member businesses in finding opportunities for them to become environmental champions – mitigating their carbon footprints and, in some instances, reducing their overall operating expenses over the long term,” Chamber CEO Todd Corrigall said in a media release.
“These businesses and functions are leaders in our community, paving the way for additional businesses to come on-board with the program and see the returns and impacts it garners.”
With the aid of seedlings, the celebration was held at the Chamber of Commerce’s office. Three trees were recently planted at Duchess Community Park in the names of the three businesses.
Doug Bell of the Northern Lights Estate Winery poses with a group of seedlings ready to be planted. The winery has gone three consecutive years being carbon neutral.