Carbon Reduction Project Celebrated
Prince George, B.,C. – The many partners involved in CN’s Carbon Reduction Project for Business were on hand this National Tree Day to mark the success of a program that helps local businesses become more environmentally sustainable.
The project involves funding or other forms of support from CN, UNBC, the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and a total of 25 area businesses.
Michelle Connolly, Program Manager with PICS, says the institute funds community-based internships to help “produce local capacity to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. So (UNBC student) Arctica Cunningham this year assisted with local businesses in reducing their carbon footprint.” Cunningham worked through the Chamber of Commerce “to work with local businesses in going through their uses and expenditures of energy to look to see where they could save energy. So they were helping their bottom line and at the same time helping them reduce their carbon emissions.”
The independent institute gives ten $10,000 internships province-wide each summer to NGOs and governments at all levels to hire students to conduct various projects.
CN National Account Manager Lori Needham says CN partnered with Tree Canada and Communities In Bloom to launch the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up initiative in 2012, part of the company’s focus on environmental sustainability to help communities in which it operates develop their own sustainability projects. Needham says “this year we provided grants of up to $25,000 to 52 communities and also donated commemorative plaques and trees to a total of 150 communities across the country” to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday.
Two trees, a Scotch Pine and a Fir, were donated and planted at the Duchess Community Park playground, along with an educational plaque.