The Burnaby Board of Trade has gone green – so green, in fact, that it has received Climate Smart certification for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The BBOT received the certification after taking steps to decrease travel emissions and paper consumption. The board has committed to a carpooling policy, as well as encouraging members to bike or take transit to events.
“We see it as a part of our leadership role to help our members become more sustainable and to celebrate their successes in our community,” stated BBOT CEO and president Paul Holden of the certification. “A part of that leadership was making sure that our own house was in order and that we understood our impacts and implemented strategies to reduce them.”
They’ve also implemented a policy to take transit to all downtown meetings, decrease single-occupancy commutes to work by 5% and purchase 30-50% recycled paper for in-house use.
The initiative is part of the BBOT’s Pledge for a Sustainable Community launched in May 2013. To date, 115 businesses have taken the pledge.
For more information, visit bbotpledge.ca/portfolio/burnaby-board-of-trade.