Multi-Year Funding Breathes Extra Life into Carbon Reduction Project
Prince George, B.C. – CN’s Carbon Reduction Project for Business by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce has been extended for another three years.
It’s all thanks to a three-year financial commitment from CN which has allowed UNBC students to participate in the project through 2016.
The occasion was marked with a tree and park bench dedication this morning at Duchess Park as part of National Tree Day celebrations.
“Today we are celebrating another great sustainability initiative,” said David Brogliatto, CN’s environment manager. “Over the past two years this program has demonstrated success in reducing emissions from local businesses.”
The project allowed 14 Carbon Management students the chance to gather information from local volunteer businesses on their energy consumption, fleet vehicles and paper usage.
These businesses were rewarded with a free carbon footprint analysis, according to internationally recognized standards, along with recommendations on how they could use less energy thereby reducing operational costs.
The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable also took part by funding a summer intern position.
That student’s role was to write feasibility studies addressing the needs for alternate solutions to business compost and another comparing paper towel versus hand dryer usage for businesses.
Project manager Barbara Otter said she’s excited the project will continue.
“It means that the businesses and the students learn more about how to reduce their carbon footprints and reduce the use of fossil fuels,” she said.
“It also gives the students a live case study which most students when they come out of an undergrad degree do not have. So it’s a huge benefit for the students. As well, businesses get to learn more about what they can do to protect the environment.”