The City of Charlottetown is encouraging businesses in the Capital City to sign up for the Certified Sustainable Business (CSB) program.
The City of Charlottetown, efficiencyPEI, and Island Waste Management Corporation partnered on the initiative to empower businesses to bring sustainability into the workplace. The voluntary program includes a sustainability audit, support and training, and tips to help businesses make additional improvements in energy efficiency, waste management and general sustainability.
Kent Street Market and MacQueen’s Bike Shop are the latest businesses to be certified under the program. Beyond specializing in a sustainable mode of transportation, Macqueen’s is housed in a well-insulated building and heated with a local-renewable resource (wood pellets supplied by Pelleco). They reduced their water consumption and established innovative waste management and reduction initiatives.
During their evaluation, Kent Street Market demonstrated an understanding of the importance of sourcing products, services, and equipment locally and regionally. They encourage a culture of conservation in the workplace when it comes to energy and water, and have a sophisticated waste management system to ensure proper sorting in addition to a number of ongoing waste reduction initiatives, such as repurposing old bike parts into jewelry or art creations.
These two Certified Sustainable Businesses join ranks with Howett’s Enviro Paints, Invesco, and Buns & Things.
Businesses who are certified sustainable receive a framed certificate and window/door decal to publicly mark their status in the program. They are featured on social media, the City of Charlottetown’s website, and in printed media with a description of what makes the business a star in sustainability. The objective of these features is to share best practices among Charlottetown businesses and to recognize the effort that businesses have made in their operations and in their community.
For more information on the Certified Sustainable Business program, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/csb
City of Charlottetown Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy tries a penny-farthing bike at MacQueen’s Bike Shop as they are presented with their Certified Sustainable Business certificate. From left: MacQueen’s Properties Manager Kelley MacQueen, Hon. Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy for the Province of Prince Edward Island, Deputy Mayor Duffy and Kristen MacQueen of MacQueen’s Bike Shop.