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Sustainable Tourism and Carbon Emission Reduction

Offsetters Certified Carbon Neutral Business 2016-2017Luxury Travel Guide has selected us for Canadian Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year 2017. We are short-listed for same award in 2018.

The nomination came from one of our amazing guests! We have no idea who. Thank you to everyone who has toured with us, supported us or referred to us.

Offsetters Certified Carbon Neutral Business 2016-2017Offsetters has been audited and certified us Carbon Neutral by reducing emissiona and purchasing carbon credits supporting projects including the Great Bear Rain Forest Carbon Project. We are the first certified carbon neutral wine tour company in Canada! Achieving carbon neutrality comes near the end of a long journe, and begins an even longer, more sustainable journey.

Gold Award Green Tourism CanadaGreen Tourism Canada has awarded us with a Gold rating in environmental management and corporate social responsibility. Our actions include donating services to local charities, launching the first hybrid tour vehicle in the Okanagan and achieving carbon neutrality while protecting forests in old growth forests. Sustainable Tourism is our driving force, while providing guests with our personalized “Ogopogo-Style” service.

Responsible Tourism Institute has audited our business and certified us as the first Biosphere Industry in Canada. Ogopogo Tours adheres to the Paris Accord and UN Sustainable Develolpment Guidelines.

Click link for our Responsible Tourism Policy.

 

As Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year – Canada (2017 & 2018), our Climate Action Plan is to reduce our consumption, emissions and waste by:

  • Using the "Right-Size" vehicle, including the first hybrid tour vehicle in the Okanagan and the lowest emission 14 passenger van available.

  • Plans to work towards an all electric fleet

  • Tracking emissions, meeting reduction targets and purchasing carbon credits to become the First Certified Carbon Neutral Wine Tour Operator in Canada.

  • Adhering to Anti-Idling guidelines from Idle-Free BC.

  • Extensive recycling program in the office and on the road.

  • Buying local goods and services whenever possible, including using a supplier map.

  • Showcasing sustainability initiatives within our community including organic farming.

  • Emissions audit and Gold Award with Green Tourism Canada, for sustainable actions and community service.

  • 10% of our revenue is donated to within the community.

  • Assisting people in developing nations including Uganda Efficient Wood Stoves Project, and providing micro-loans assisting organic farmers in 10 different countries through Kiva.org.

  • Darren has been appointed by council to serve on Summerland’s Community Climate Action Advisory Committee.

 

If you have questions or comments about our sustainability initiatives please call or email us!