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 project focused on building awareness of carbon reduction initiatives to improve air quality within the Prince George airshed. The newly launched phase two will build on this, 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, 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 10 to 15 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,” said Kyle Aben, course instructor and Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Program Coordinator at UNBC, in a press release. “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 Aben. This will take place on Tuesday, February 10 at 2 p.m. 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.