On July 9, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) announced a new Eco-Efficiency Program designed to support the tourism industry. 

Launched in partnership with FortisBC, GreenStep Solutions, and the BC Hotel Association (BCHA), the goal of the program is to help businesses reduce costs associated with their utilities and to support the region's economic recovery. 

“The business case for sustainability has never been more important. The tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit as a result of COVID-19, and experts agree that a green economic recovery will help businesses to save money while also meeting important environmental goals,” said Angela Nagy, CEO of GreenStep Solutions.

“We are proud to help Okanagan tourism businesses reach their energy efficiency goals affordably by lower operating costs,” commented Colin Norman, Manager, Conservation and Energy Management Portfolio and Marketing Strategies at FortisBC. “This is one of the ways we’re demonstrating that, by working together, we can find ways to meet the province’s climate action goals.”

Biosphere Committed companies can access the full Eco-Efficiency assessment and will receive priority during the first phase of the program. Other businesses can also express their interest in receiving a complimentary energy assessment. Click here to express your interest in the program. BCHA members can apply through the GoGreen Analysis program

To read TOTA's full press release about the program, click here