Clear Skies for Harbour Air
We couldn't be prouder! Our team has recently been awarded the 2015 Clear Skies Award by the Vancouver Airport Authority. The Clear Skies award is granted to the organization that demonstrates outstanding enthusiasm and commitment in improving their environmental footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, potable water consumption, waste and/or improving ecosystem health on Sea Island (South Vancouver).
At Harbour Air, we're proud to be North America’s first carbon neutral airline, offsetting 100% of all corporate emissions. Thank you to the Vancouver Airport Authority for recognizing our team as an environment industry leader!
May 31 to June 4 - is Canadian Environment Week and, while many associate the week with the popular commuter challenge, greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles aren’t the only air pollutants that can be reduced—emissions from air travel and its operations can be too.
At Harbour Air Seaplanes we take pride in our exemplary model of how our local airline is lessening the impact it has on the environment by taking active measures in reducing its footprint on a year round basis.
Additional Harbour Air environment initiatives:
- Improving Ecosystem health on Sea Island. To further its commitment to the environment, Harbour Air adopted a street as part of the City of Richmond‘s ‘Partners for Beautification’ program. A crew of volunteers cleans up the Fraser River shoreline adjacent to the terminal on a bi-monthly basis. A report detailing the amount of garbage found and the number of volunteers involved is sent to the City of Richmond after each clean up.
- Bike to Work Week – reducing our foot print with our footprints. Harbour Air also promotes S.P.Y week (Self Propel Yourself) to work week encouraging employees to bike, walk or rollerblade to work. The downtown base rented bikes for free to any employee that needed a bike for SPY/Bike to Work week.
- Harbour Air is also a member of the Fraser Waterkeeper Alliance participating in community efforts to rescue marine life and protect rivers and streams.
- Harbour Air works with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre program helping transport seal pups along BC’s coast to the rehabilitation centre.
- Harbour Air’s CEO, Greg McDougall, has recently been selected to be on Christy Clark’s Climate Leadership Team, whose mandate is to keep the government on track toward meeting its greenhouse gas reduction targets develop B.C.’s new Climate Leadership Plan.
- On Vancouver Island, Harbour Air is a founding member of the Victoria Sustainable Tourism Alliance (ViSTA), whose primary project is the annual Earth Day Shoreline clean up. 2015’s clean up saw 62,607 pieces of garbage collected in one hour throughout Victoria.