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Our Commitment

We are committed to working with tourism stakeholders across Northern BC to educate, empower and support their efforts in sustainability across all of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals focus not just on the environment.  
The 5 pillars of sustainabile development (people, planet, profit, peace, and partnership) are paramount to creating space for enjoyment today and for future generations.

This page is designed to be a repository of tools, strategies, and supports that can assist stakeholders in achieving their sustainbility goals.

Sustainability Resources and Tools

Tracking your sustainability journey

Aligns with SDG 17

Each organization's sustainability journey is unique to them.  Through the Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle Platform, the plan can be developed, tracked and shared with ease.

Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle Platform

BC Tourism Sustainability Network

Aligns with all 17 SDGs

This free tourism sustainability program is helping tourism businesses incorporate sustainability into their operations and create a positive impact on our communities, the environment, and their bottom line.

BC Tourism Sustainability Network

Sustainablity lens assessment

Aligns with all 17 SDGs

This online assessment will allow stakeholders to gain rapid insight into how their business or organization is performing based on GreenStep’s Sustainable Tourism criteria, which has been recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Sustainability Lens Assessment

Driving Business Towards the Sustainabilty Development Goals course

Aligns with SDG 4 & 8

This course (free through Coursera) has been developed by Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (RSM). It focuses on the role of businesses in achieving the SDGs. You will gain insights from leaders of international companies and academics in business and management who will guide you through the issue of how businesses can contribute to the SDGs.

Learn more here

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Aligns with SDG 12 & 13

Understanding your carbon footprint will provide insights to where adjustments can be made in your personal life and in your business operation.

UN Carbon Footprint Calculator (personal)

Carbon Footprint Business Calculator (small business)

Supporting local SMEs

Aligns with SDG 8, 10, 11,  12

Supporting local small and medium enterprises has multiple benefits - it reduces the carbon footprint of the good or service you are purchasing and it supports local businesses and employment.  There are many places to increase your impact with local spending - your local farmers market is a great place to start but don't stop there!

BC Farmer's Markets

Love Northern BC

Farm Bound

Fair Trade 

Aligns with SDG 1, 8, 10

Fair Trade is focused on building strong economies in partnership with producers, fostering thriving communities, and living within the limits of what our environment can sustain.

Fair Trade Procurement Guide


Water Conservation

Aligns with SDG 6

Water conservation is a valuable source of ‘new’ water that brings benefits to communities of all sizes. It can lighten the load on existing water sources and systems, increase the efficiency of local water use, and save utility money on treatment and distribution costs while protecting the environment and keeping water services affordable.

Water Conservation Guide for BC

energy conservation programs

Aligns with SDG 7, 12, 13

Most energy conservation program are aimed at improving energy efficiency, reducing GHG emissions, prioritizing conservation, and saving money on your bills.  Here are some programs that might help your operation.

BC Hydro Power Smart for Business

Fortis BC 

EV Network- Charge North Project

Aligns with SDG 7 & 13

Charge North is a community-driven, collaborative program building an electric vehicle (EV) network across central and northern BC.  The partnership developed between Charge North communities demonstrates collaborative leadership on addressing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation while supporting economic development and enhancing tourism opportunities.

Charge North Project

PlugShare - EV Travel Planning Map

Sustainable Purchasing

Aligns with SDG 10, 12, 16

Sustainable purchasing considers the environmental, social and economic impacts of the purchase.  Whether it's goods or services, applying a lens to all purchases that considers these things, as well as the suppliers' commitment to sustainable practices, helps everyone on the sustainability journey.

NBCTA Sustainable Purchasing Policy


Invasive Species

Aligns with SDG 2, 14, 15

Our land and water are being affected by invasive species. We are all stewards of our region, and all of us play a role in ensuring that our environment, people, and economy are protected.

The Invasive Species Council of BC has a tourism-specific program and BC Parks have resources to help with the identification, management and extraction of these species in our ecosystem.  

Invasive Species Council of BC Invasive Wise Tourism

BC Parks Invasive Species Management Resources & Training


Human Resource, Health & Safey and Training

Aligns with SDG 3, 4, 5 & 8

Creating decent work conditions in the tourism sector is not without it's challenges.  go2HR is the BC's tourism and hospitality industry organization providing programs and services that support growth and success through human resources, health & safety, and training.  They also offer a wealth of mental well-being resources, to support the people who keep our people businesses operational.


go2HR Mental Health Resources


employee development plans

Aligns with SDG 4, 5 & 8

Keeping your staff happy is a big job and understanding their career aspirations can set the stages for a win-win in your operations, providing your organizations with increased capacity through personnel development while creating loyalty with your staff through your investment in their skills and experience. 

The NBCTA takes this seriously and is sharing their employee development plan template.



Harassement Free Workplaces

Aligns with SDG 5

Creating gender-equal working conditions that promote female empowerment is a priority of the UN Sustainabile Development Goals.  To support this, go2HR, supported by Justice Canada, created Safer Spaces,  a three-year initiative
that includes free online training targeted to employers and supervisors.  Grounded in storytelling, the course aims to establish an emotional connection with participants, calling attention to the topic of workplace sexual harassment in tourism and hospitality while introducing resources and information to help prevent it. The self-paced course was designed for employers and supervisors, and takes place entirely online.

Safer Spaces

Accessibility & Universal Design

Aligns with SDG 9 & 11

Communities and places which are planned and designed to accommodate all of its citizens and visitors celebrates potential, quality of life, and diversity of ability. Such communities and places also reaps social and financial benefits when citizens and visitors can enter businesses, cross streets, attend games and concerts, or participate in outdoor recreation.

Accessibility Tools and Checklists

Universal Design Standards

Accessible Travel Guide

Sustainable Events Best Practices

Aligns with SDG 12 & 14

Sustainability is no longer a “nice-to-have" feature but rather has turned into “table stakes” — especially for the meetings and events industry. This means that decision makers and planners are faced with a challenging balancing act that involves designing in-person events that are sustainable, inclusive and meaningful, while also keeping costs down and attendees satisfied.

10 Powerful Way to Make Your Next Event More Sustainable

Wildlife Safety

Aligns with SDG 15

Northern BC’s is rich with a variety of wildlife that attracts visitors from around the world.  Protecting this life on land ensure an ongoing attraction for the region and exploring the region to see this wildlife requires special considerations.  BC Parks has put together some wildlife guidelines and safety protocols to help keep our wildlife and visitors safe. 

Wildlife Safety

Sustainable & Regenerative Tourism Guide

Aligns with all 17 SDGs

Taking action toward creating more sustainable and regenerative tourism options is crucial for addressing some of the most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges of our time.

Sustainable & Regenerative Tourism Resource Guide


UN Sustainable Development Goals Tourism Guide

Aligns with all 17 SDGs

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a useful framework for incorporating sustainable tourism efforts.  Committing to one or two goals is enough to drive change!

UN Sustainable Development Goals Tourism Resource Guide


Climate Change 101 Tourism Resource Guide

Aligns with SDG 12, 13, 14, 15

By implementing effective strategies to reduce and mitigate the carbon footprint of tourism and promote sustainable practices in the industry, we can encourage people to think about the planet when making travel decisions.

Climate Action 101 Tourism Resource Guide


Energy Management Tourism Resource Guide

Aligns with SDG 7, 12, 13

Energy management is an essential component of sustainable tourism.  It can minimize tourism's environmental impacts, reduce operating costs, and enhance visitor experiences.  However, there is no one size fits all.

Energy Management Tourism Resource Guide


Water Management Tourism Resource Guide

Aligns with SDG 6, 12, 13, 14

Sustainable water management practices safeguard our planet's vital water resources and ensure that tourism does not threaten freshwater ecosystem health or community access to potable water.  Conscientious water usage provides numerous benefits to the tourism industry

Water Management Tourism Resource Guide


Waste Management & Circular Economy Tourism Resource Guide

Aligns with SDG 1, 11, 12, 13

Proper waste management reduces the impacts of waste on human health, the environment, and the economy.  The tourism industry can have a signifcant impact on waste generation.  In fact, visitors often consume more resources than locals, producing up to twice as much waste as a local resident in some areas. 

Waste Management & Circular Economy Tourism Resource Guide


Responsible Purchasing for Tourism Resource Guide

Aligns with SDG 1, 11, 12

Responsible sourcing of products and services minimizes environmental and social impacts and keeps money circulating in the local communities.  By adopting responsible purchasing practices, tourism businesses can reduce their environmental footprint and support local communities.

Responsible Purchasing for Tourism Resource Guide


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