October 6, 2011

Kamloops Climate Smart Program

Kamloops, B.C. - Kamloops companies and organizations wanting to cut costs and green their businesses will get their chance at an upcoming Climate Smart training program and community initiative. The City of Kamloops has partnered with Venture Kamloops and Fortis BC to host this series of half-day training sessions starting October 25, 2011.

As a joint partnership, the City of Kamloops hopes to align their Sustainable Kamloops Plan strategies with local corporate actions, and is helping to support local business participation in the Climate Smart program.

Climate Smart helps local businesses reduce their carbon footprint while cutting costs. Program participants will learn to look at streamlining their business practices from an energy and materials efficiency perspective by measuring and reducing their carbon emissions. Through hands-on training and software, Climate Smart can help businesses:

Interest in the program to date has been strong with local businesses such as Nexbuild Construction Corporation and Absorbent Products Limited already registered. Both companies have recognized the value of this program and the opportunity it will provide to their business to reduce their operating costs while becoming a 'greener' company.

Several seats remain for the upcoming Climate Smart training series which kicks off on October 25. A limited number of subsidies, worth up to 80% off, are being provided to support local businesses on a first-come-first-served basis. Participating businesses will be showcased for their leadership and innovation in making Kamloops a more sustainable place to live.

Interested businesses can visit www.climatesmartbusiness.com/kamloops for more details, or contact Christine VanDerwill at christine@climatesmartbusiness.com or 1-800-688-6283.

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Media Contact:
Glen Farrow, Environmental Services Supervisor
City of Kamloops
250-828-3802
gfarrow@kamloops.ca