PRINCE GEORGE - If you happen to be taking a walk through Duchess Park, you'll find the addition of a few more trees in the dog park. The trees represent the three latest businesses and event to become carbon neutral as part of a local initiative.
For the second year in a row, the Northern Lights Estate Winery continues its carbon neutral status with the Carbon Neutral Project. The Prince George Driving For Life Academy and Timberline Footfitters were the newcomers who were recognized as well. The one event was PG Air Improvement Rountables' 2018 Clean Air Forum.
The project pairs UNBC students from the Carbon Management course with businesses in order to provide free recommendations to those businesses on how to reduce their carbon emissions. Barbara Otter, Grants Coordinator for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce who has spearheaded the project points out that these are just recommendations.
The winery believes it's important to be environmentally conscious and to lead by example. Owner and Operator, Doug Bell says they continue to learn more on how to reduce their own carbon footprint, and also show other businesses what they can do.
Aside from a helping hand, PG AIR points out that it's really simple to join the initiative. They believe it's important that whether you're planning to reduce carbon emissions for an event or your business, it's better to get on board than to miss out.
The Prince George Chamber of Commerce had UNBC graduate student, Louisa Hadley as this summer's Carbon Intern. She completed carbon footprint analyses on Northern Lights Estate Winery, Timberline Footfitters, Phoenix Transition Society and Nechako Bottle Depot.
With the wrap-up of this year's participants, the Chamber is looking for the next round. To get involved in the initiative, contact Barbara Otter at 250-562-6510 or [email protected].
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