For the third time, Kelowna, BC-based Campion Marine has won the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce's Green Innovator Award. The award recognizes businesses involved in environmentally innovative and sustainable practices.
"Winning the Green Award for a third time is really an honour,' says Brock Elliott, President of Campion Marine. "Our whole team has been working very hard to become greener and we all appreciate being recognized for this. This is a continuous journey that we have undertaken and we look forward to all the new ideas that will help us become greener along the way.'
Finishing as finalists behind Campion for the Green Innovator Award were GreenStep Solutions Inc. and UBC Okanagan. "We salute those who have recognized a business opportunity, seized it and prospered,' says Dave Bond, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce President. "We are proud of the contributions these exceptional business leaders have made in our community.'
Campion manufactures all of its boats using a renewably sourced bio-derived resin and says it is the first boat maker to do so. According to the boat builder, Envirez resin uses a substantial amount of soybean oil and corn derived ethanol in its formulation, enabling Campion to eliminate over 100,000 pounds of C02 from entering the atmosphere.
The company also uses Ecomate polyurethane flotation foam products that further reduce harmful emissions and, unlike previously used foams, are free of Volatile Organic Compounds.
Last year, Campion also took on Acrastrip CRR, an acetone replacement that is recognized by the Design for the Environment division of the US EPA.
Now Campion is using Maxguard LE (low emissions) gel coat and will shortly be using a revised version of ATC Spraycore, which will now be using Envirez resin for its base.
In addition to its efforts to utilize environmentally friendly boat building materials, Campion also recently worked with ReGen Nautic of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to launch a Chase 550 powered by an 180hp electric outboard.
Campion Marine has been building high-performance sport boats and cruisers for 40 years. The family-owned company manufactures more than 50 models of boats ranging from 16 to 30 feet in length, and markets and sells its boats in more than 30 countries.