June 24, 2015

K. Corrigan: Congratulations are in order for the Burnaby Board of Trade. Its pledge for a sustainable community program has been selected as a finalist in the category of best corporate social responsibility project at the 2015 World Chambers Competition.

As one of four finalists selected from a record number of submissions, it will now have the opportunity to present the pledge in front of a panel of judges at the ninth World Chamber Congress in June. About 120 Burnaby Board of Trade members so far have taken the pledge to be more sustainable and have shared their new success stories and ideas.

The pledge program is a comprehensive on-line resource and planning tool, with the goal of helping businesses, large and small, reduce their carbon footprint.

Pledge members False Creek Collision ECO, Reid’s Automotive Recycling, Sorin Group and the board itself took the plunge in learning how to measure, manage and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Pacific Blue Cross removed all garbage bins from workstations, resulting in a two-thirds waste-to-landfill reduction. Concord Security installed multi-material recycling and compost bins in their kitchen areas and a small recycling garbage and compost bin at each desk, reducing waste almost 90 percent.

Ricoh Canada is the 2015 national sponsor of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Hemlock Printers, Down S}’ndrome Research Society, Grand Villa Casino, Richie Bros” Auctioneers and Telus all had significant improvements in the energy category, with retrofits, purchase of renewable energy, installation of solar panels and LED lighting.

Congratulations to all businesses and organizations who have participated in the pledge and to the board of trade for this unique and innovative program. Good luck in the world finals.

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