The Environmental Sustainability Committee

The Environmental Sustainability Committee identifies and prioritizes environmental issues of importance and works to address them on behalf of the Burnaby Board of Trade members. Current areas of focus include promoting a green economy, and developing resources for improving environmental sustainability in the workplace.

Frank Bassett (Chair), Electronic Arts Canada
Cynthia Van Ginkel, BCIT
Emily Pearson, Vancity
Lee-Ann Garnett, City of Burnaby
Chris Campbell, Return-It
Coro Strandberg, Strandberg Consulting
Bernhard Rubbert, False Creek Collision ECO
Oskar Kwieton, Shape Properties
Clark Lim, Acuere Consulting
Sheldon Ridout, The Silent Gardener
Rachel Telling, Simon Fraser University
Paul Holden, Burnaby Board of Trade
Tessa Vanderkop, Burnaby Board of Trade

Committee Updates – January 2016

The ESC has begun a formal process of strategic planning to debrief on the 2014/15 ESC Plan, and begin creation of the 2016/17 plan. January discussions will carry into February, with the intention of having a draft in place prior to March, when the City’s draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) is expected to be circulated for consultation. The ESC intends to meet with City staff for discussion of how the ESS should inform our objectives.

The BBOT received response to a letter submitted to the Office of the Prime Minister (PMO), calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join with other international leaders in seeking a strong global agreement to address climate change with new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. The letter asked that government work with business organizations such as the BBOT to develop the necessary market-based strategy to help Canada, and its business community, achieve those reductions.

Environmental Pledge Update

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is officially the first licensee of the Pledge for a Sustainable Community program. Their site, will be up shortly!