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Climate Smart Stories – December 2018

Climate Smart Story: Sylvis Environmental

Climate Smart certified since 2012, SYLVIS Environmental is a leading Canadian residuals management consulting and contracting firm. Sylvis staff are participating in Climate Smart trainings in both BC and Alberta, as part of the City of Edmonton’s Corporate Climate Leaders Program and Change for Climate initiative here. Sylvis has made impressive strides in reducing GHG emissions from business travel. From the 2012 baseline through 2017, SYLVIS reduced its emissions by 31% overall, including 27% for air and ferry travel, which resulted in a significant financial benefit. Learn more here.

BC government moving forward on solutions

On December 5th, the government of British Columbia released a new climate plan, CleanBC, which sets out a vision for a low carbon economy and clean growth. Organizations as diverse as the Business Council of BC, Clean Energy Canada, the Pembina Institute and US Governors are praising the plan for positioning BC as a leader on climate while building a more competitive and innovative economy. We look forward to supporting this bold plan and building upon the momentum of Climate Smart businesses and host partners across all industry sectors. Download CleanBC at https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/.

As a founding member of Businesses for B.C.’s Clean Economy, along with Arc’teryx, Innergex Renewable Energy, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Vancity and the Pembina Institute, we applaud the Province for setting BC on a forward-thinking path towards opportunity and hope. Read our joint statement here.

FortisBC’s #ReduceYourUse campaign

When an Enbridge-owned transmission pipeline ruptured in October, BC’s natural gas supply was impacted. While the transmission pipeline has been repaired, it is operating at lower capacity and FortisBC is asking all customers to reduce natural gas this winter. Check out the FortisBC video on how BC’s gas system works and how to reduce natural gas use – and greenhouse gas emissions too! https://youtu.be/xnNJaDVTIgg

Mississauga and St. John’s businesses going Climate Smart

This past year, with support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, HP Canada, the Port of Vancouver, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Mississauga and St. John’s Boards of Trade hosted new Climate Smart programs. Businesses as diverse as Aker Solutions, Musket Transport, Weston Forest, CRH Canada, John Brooks Company and SmartICE are now going Climate Smart, representing climate leadership in their industry sectors across transportation, energy, forestry, construction, technology and distribution. A special thanks to Duncan Wilson, VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Port of Vancouver, and Immediate Past Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for your vision and leadership on this initiative.

HP Canada also supports WWF-Canada’s Living Planet @ Work program as a founding partner. Living Planet @ Work program tools, from the the Smart Office Challenge toolkit to Earth Hour and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, are additional resources available to Climate Smart Businesses. Check them out here.

Looking ahead, with support from HSBC Canada, the Chamber of Commerce initiative will be expanding to new cities in 2019.

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