(Surrey SHaRP Team Students)
This summer, business owners, employees, and community members alike are celebrating the arrival of a new sustainability effort known as the Salmon Marshal (SaM) Certification Program. This is the City of Surrey’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program’s (SHaRP) latest initiative, which recognizes businesses who have committed to fish friendly business practices. The program promotes a sense of pride in Surrey’s natural habitats and streams.
The initiative is currently being piloted in the Campbell Heights industrial area in Southeast Surrey. The nearby Little Campbell River has a resident population of Coho and Chum salmon and is also a popular spawning location. These habitats are sensitive to the effects of pollution and contamination. Over the years, the City of Surrey, along with volunteers and community groups, has worked hard to restore and enhance the river’s delicate ecosystem.
(SHaRP’s Terry Lee & Chelsea Nerpio)
The initiative came about after SHaRP’s Industrial Education Team Leaders Terry Lee and Chelsea Nerpio brainstormed ways to engage and recognise local businesses committed to sustainable and fish-friendly business practises. “Surrey’s streams have some of the most thriving salmon populations in the Lower Mainland. We are very happy to be working with businesses around Campbell Heights and to be recognizing those who are making a positive contribution to the environment,” says Terry.
The Mayor likes it too! “The SHaRP program is a great way for students to gain work experience in environmental management while generating community awareness about habitat enhancement programs and advancing community projects to protect salmon throughout the City,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “The certification program is another great SHaRP initiative that engages the business community in the environmental stewardship process.”
In the coming weeks SHaRP’s Industrial Education Team will be working with local business owners eager to make a difference. To qualify for certification, businesses must meet at least three criteria which show a commitment to daily operation that promote sustainability. For more information on the program criteria visit: www.surrey.ca/sharp
Since 1996, the City of Surrey’s SHaRP program has adopted a broad range of integrated approaches to promoting salmon stewardship. The Salmon Marshal Certification Program marks the next step forward in greening Surrey’s business community. Look for the SaM Certification decals in the windows of Campbell Heights businesses this August.
– Guest post provided by The SHaRP Team