The Sidney Pier HotelIt seems the list of Climate Smart accredited businesses, aka local heroes, in Victoria is growing moreand more lately and that is just the tip of the iceberg for eco friendliness here in the capital of British

Joining the list of now 16 businesses in Victoria who have earned their accreditation are Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub and Guesthouses and the Royal BC Museum. Through assessing global standards and their own impact on the environment, these businesses have reduced emissions and steered their operations to a much more eco-friendly route. Way to go!

Another local hero that we're proud to mention is The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa. Coming in at a Green Key Rating of four, these folks are writing their own green practices the way some international chains should be. Focusing on the three traditional pillars of reduce, reuse and sustain-the hotel then breaks down each pillar into sub categories of action. These sub categories of action include real, attainable practices that their business operations integrate.

What makes these businesses stand out from the rest? They understand the intensity of their business actions on the environment; they know that they have a responsibility to limit their impact through the day-to-day activities of their operations. Their move is a move that everyone should be making to ensure that the world is as beautiful as it is for us, for those to follow.