Leave No Trace & Environmental Impact
Simply put, this means that moving forward, for any carbon emissions released into our atmosphere as a result of my travel, shipping items, printing paper – EVERYTHING – I will invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions by the same amount. From negative environmental impact, into something positive. Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle
When I rebranded my company, chose a new name and even wrote down my vision, mission and value statements – Leave No Trace principals were an integral part of my bigger plans! I have spent my entire life enjoying the wilderness around Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. I am honoured to share it with you. And I want to continue to do so for years to come. Being a visual artist who works in some of the most amazing and beautiful places in the world – and sharing those images online, sometimes influencing others to come visit these locations – I believe it is my social responsibility to help care for it.
I have always been conscious of our impact on the planet and actively worked to lighten my own carbon footprint. I believe that if we all work together towards positive change, we can make the world a better, healthier place.
This is why I am so stoked to announce my new Carbon Offsetting Plan
Now, every time you hire or refer Cedar Lane Weddings, you can rest easy knowing I am a sustainable business. Not only do I follow the Leave No Trace Guidelines above, I am also working to balance out the carbon emissions by creating positive Environmental Impact. This is part of my business that I am so excited and pumped up for.
In 2018, I partnered with some amazing companies in Canada (Tree Canada & Alberta Forestry) that help offset carbon footprints and emissions. Together we funded the planting of 100 trees in Canada through my partner program Grow Clean Air and #OperationReLeaf for the work against the Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle. This is a project I am especially passionate about as the Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle is decimating our Canadian Rockies forests. If you’ve been on a mountain adventure with me, you’ve heard me talk all about this until blue in the face!
The Bigger Picture for Carbon Emissions & Environmental Impact
This is a major milestone for my ongoing efforts to reduce Cedar Lane Weddings impact on our planet. But it is just that: a milestone, not the finish line. With the climate changing even faster than scientific predictions, business leaders have a responsibility to act urgently and aggressively. Carbon Emissions & Environmental Impacts are an immediate step I am taking to balance the impact I have on the environment, but longer-term emissions reduction solutions are needed!
This is something you can do as an individual citizen, or as a corporation or business and the resources available on Tree Canada even have a calculator on their website to help you figure out what exactly your footprint is. When you’re making a decision, it is really important to honour that intention and this is exactly how I want my company, my work, and my passions to align to protect this gorgeous part of the planet I am so privileged to live in, and proud to keep exploring, with my business, Cedar Lane Weddings, as a 100% carbon neutral business.
I am super excited to add TenTree to my list for 2019 as a company I am supporting with my Leave No Trace Guidelines & Environmental Impact Plan. TenTree is a Canada based company that has in the past few years exploded on the international scene! They offer organic and sustainably sourced retail items, and for each item sold, they plant 10 trees. They are pretty rad, and their co-founder is an amazing travel photographer in his own right!
*graphics curtesy TenTree.com
With your support in 2019 I was able to fund the planting of 200 trees through TenTree with the purchase of sustainable items for your client-gifts. This was a fun new twist on the project. Remember to log into their site and punch in your TenTree code to see where in the world your ten trees were planted!
Interested in partnering for in the future, or have a suggestion on a non-profit company working to better the environment? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! I would love some new suggestions for who I should donate to in 2020 and 2021!