“The small business sector can be a driving force for innovative action on climate change,” says Climate Smart President Elizabeth Sheehan. “Their entrepreneurial spirit can result in very creative ways to cut carbon emissions while cutting operational costs at the same time. We’re excited to be teaming up with Lower Mainland municipalities, enabling and empowering their local businesses to take a leadership role on climate change.”
The local consulting firm Climate Smart has already helped hundreds of BC businesses identify carbon-cutting strategies. West Coast Air, North Shore Credit Union, Canadian Springs, Metropolitan Fine Printers Inc, Kelowna’s Best Western hotel – among others – have already taken the Climate Smart program. Changes have meant some businesses installing solar panels, using hybrid vehicles, cutting back on paper use, switching to post-consumer recycled paper stock and reusable, recyclable and biodegradable products.
Seven Lower Mainland municipalities, including communities such as Vancouver and Delta, have been teaming up with Climate Smart to deliver a training program for small to medium-sized businesses. The program will assist businesses in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions while saving money and creating new marketing opportunities for local businesses.
The training program takes businesses through a series of exercises to evaluate their services and operations. Businesses leave the program with tools such as: a completed and reviewed GHG inventory and an emissions reduction strategy focused on cost-savings.
In Vancouver, program information is available online at City of Vancouver website listed as: Corporate Climate Leaders Program. Deadline for Vancouver registration with Climate Smart is Monday July 12, 2010. Some communities are offering the training at a reduced cost, but space is limited.
One work group will start next week (July 15) for City of Vancouver businesses: as part of the City’s Corporate Climate Leaders program.
For more information and registration about additional dates and BC program locations, contact: Climate Smart online.
“Climate Smart first took shape as a pilot program launched in 2007 by Ecotrust Canada to work with ten BC businesses and organizations, and take them through the process of measuring their greenhouse gas emissions, setting reduction targets, and better understanding the carbon offset market.” (according to information provided on the Climate Smart website.)