The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce has again been recognized and re-accredited by Green Tourism Canada. We become Canada’s first Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre to become accredited members of Green Tourism Canada in 2016. Our “silver” re-accreditation was made official on August 3rd, 2018. We are proud to be working within this program to show our commitment to environmental sustainability and to promote Salt Spring Island’s reputation as an eco-friendly community where business and nature work together in harmony!
The following was in our accreditation report from Green Tourism Canada: “The Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre is a good representative of their Island. From both perspectives they heavily support their members and community and under the direction of Janet Clouston they have an environmental warrior at the heart of it all. Most supported initiatives have an environmental and cultural stance, like "Every Drop Counts", "Shop Local" and supporting sustainable energy conferences. First Nations relationships also play an important role in the mix. They are sound on the basic themselves with energy efficient lighting, low flow fixtures and basic waste management. They also have solar aspirations too. They are a solid silver member that will only get better from here on in. A sustained effort over the past couple of years has seen SSICC and VC become even better advocates for the community they serve. Stronger purchasing policies, crafters displays and continued support for cultural and environmental programs show them to be a very strong silver rating.”
Chamber members are encouraged to get involved in this program to strengthen Salt Spring Island’s reputation as an eco-friendly community. Members like Jason Griffin of Tour Salt Spring, who was also recently re-accredited, can join us in raising awareness on the differences we can make in our everyday lives to lower our carbon footprint, energy use as well as reduce waste. The good news is that these practices save money!