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BCSEA Webinar: Solar Sauce and Zero-Carbon Coffee - How BC's Food and Beverage Industry Can Save Money and Reduce Its Climate Impact

Oct 28 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us for another FREE BCSEA Webinar

Climate Smart has identified $100 million in potential savings by 2020 for B.C. food & beverage businesses that reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

A 5% annual reduction in carbon emissions from B.C.’s food and beverage sector would reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by 250,000 tonnes.

Christine VanDerwill, Client Relations Manager, leads the business engagement team at Climate Smart Business, a Vancouver-based social enterprise. Climate Smart offers a comprehensive, group-based training program, certification and tools for small/medium enterprises (SMEs) to measure and profitably reduce their carbon emissions associated with energy, transport, and waste. Christine helps local government and corporate partners develop strategic campaigns to engage value chains, suppliers and stakeholders in carbon, (greenhouse gas) management and leverage market drivers to accelerate climate action.

Christine holds a MA in International Studies from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and served as a research assistant at SFU's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT). In addition to an extensive background in business development, Christine brings international field experience to her work and was involved in the development of avoided deforestation projects in Southern Peru, coordinating carbon market activities with stakeholders, partner NGOs, and certification organizations.

Ana Lukyanova, Client Advisor and Data Analyst works directly with SMEs leading them through the process of quantifying their carbon footprint and developing emission reduction and cost cutting strategies. She is excited to help companies look at their operations through a new lens of carbon accounting and find opportunities they otherwise would not see. Prior to Climate Smart, Ana worked at the University of Alberta on a research project developing a computer model to help the City of Edmonton compost their waste more efficiently. Ana holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and Mathematical Biology from the University of Alberta.

To date, Climate Smart has trained over 775 businesses, resulting on average in annual carbon reductions of five per cent in participating businesses – businesses that are also growing, adding employees at an average rate of 2.7 per cent per year.

There is no charge for this Webinar, but you must register to attend.

See Climate Smart's report Carbon Emissions in BC's Food and Beverage Industry (6.3MB PDF) for an advance look at this Webinar's topic.