Three lo­cal busi­nesses reach car­bon neu­tral­ity

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Cit­i­zen staff

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.

CIT­I­ZEN PHOTO BY BRENT BRAATEN

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.

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