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Kelowna businesses will find it easier to be green

Kelowna business owners will now have an easier time going green, thanks to the launch of the Thompson Okanagan Business Energy Advisor Program.

Funded through the LiveSmart BC's Small Business Program, Business Energy Advisors contracted from Kelowna-based GreenStep Sustainability Coaching will identify opportunities for energy reductions through energy assessments, help small businesses apply for incentives to fund these opportunities, and connect with contractors to complete the upgrades.

“The government knows that small businesses are the backbone of the economy and together we can work towards our climate action goals while creating jobs and helping B.C.’s economy. I am very excited to announce this program in the Thompson Okanagan,” said Westside Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.

Ian Tostenson, President and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Associations stated, ”The industry is pleased to be working with government on this very important initiative. The government’s commitment to small business is evident by way of this program. The BEA program offers business cost effective solutions to the challenges of increasing energy costs and increased demand by the public for  environmental  stewardship.”

Local surveys conducted by the Kelowna Chamber have demonstrated that some of the biggest barriers for businesses to go green are lack of time, knowledge and incentives. This program addresses all of these needs, providing support, expertise and guidance navigating incentive opportunities.

“Our team looks forward to helping businesses improve energy efficiency, save money and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Angela Reid, CEO of GreenStep.

The announcement of the program was attended by Westside-Kelowna MLA, Ben Stewart, Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Clean Technology, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce CEO, Caroline Grover.  the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association President and CEO, Ian Tostenson, and FortisBC.

GreenStep was  contracted by the British Columbia Restaurant and Food Services Association, the Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association and Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. These advisorsBoth FortisBC PowerSense and BC Hydro Power Smart are partners in the program.

This program is being provided at no cost to participating small businesses. Businesses can visit www.livesmartbc.ca/green_business, or call GreenStep at 250-862-8941, to see if their business is eligible.

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