Subsidized training to reduce carbon footprint

 | October 23, 2011

Climate Smart, a Vancouver-based environmental organization, along with Venture Kamloops, the City of Kamloops and FortisBC, is subsidizing a training program that helps area businesses evaluate and reduce their carbon footprints.

The series of three workshops develops strategies for businesses to cut costs and improve operational efficiencies, while reducing their carbon footprint. The program also helps small and mid-sized businesses navigate utility incentives and rebates, while gaining a competitive edge on climate change.

“Often, in finding those places there are opportunities to save costs as well as greenhouse gases,” says Michelle Bonner, vice-president of Climate Smart.

Nexbuild Construction and Absorbent Products were first to sign up for two of the ten $1,000 subsidies being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The program starts at $1,250 and is tiered based on the size of businesses participating. When the cost of the program is combined with the subsidies, reducing greenhouse gas consumption can be within even the most limited budget.

“It’s a great opportunity for a business that wants to understand what they’re doing in terms of energy consumption and their greenhouse gas emissions,” says Bonner. “They’ll finish the program having been reviewed by an external expert so they can feel really confident that they’ve done a greenhouse gas inventory to best practice.”

The program runs three half-day sessions Oct. 25, Dec. 6 and Jan. 10.