Operation: Green Skies
The first sustainable helicopter program of its kind
What Is It?
Finger Lakes HeliTours is the only helicopter operator on the east coast focused on sustainability and maintaining a reduced ecological footprint. Green Skies is #FLHT‘s phased program for implementing a carbon neutrality regimen to offset our impact on the environment. We want all of our customers to fully enjoy their helicopter tour experience without any sense of guilt, and a comfort knowing that we care about our beautiful region.
We are currently established in Phase 1 – using industry data to model expected performance criteria for our tours operation.
As our business spools up through our 2019 season and beyond, we’ll be weighing the model data to support Phase 2 analyses and initial steps towards carbon neutrality and a reduced ecological footprint.
With a solid set of initial data and key performance criteria, we plan on analyzing our actual ecological impact and taking first steps.
Phase 2 analyses will give us a benchmark to develop new goals and take action.
The initial actions we take will include purchasing carbon offsets, and updating our daily operations. Essentially this is the part where engage the “low hanging fruit” to make an immediate impact on the environment
Our final aim is to proceed into Phase 3 by 2024. Although carbon offsets and data-driven emission reduction decisions are helpful, they ignore one key component to sustainability: the community.
The final phase will include engaging with our local communities in the Finger Lakes to achieve the following:
- Collaborate with CNY locals to celebrate eco-consciousness
- Motivate local movements and other businesses to pursue carbon neutrality
- Establish deeper levels of efficiency as well as ecological improvement projects in the community
- Iterating through partnership with academic resources at local higher ed institutions will give us access to additional paths forward
Local ecologists, hear our call! If you have direct experience improving sustainability programs at small/medium businesses, we want to hear from you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to improve our programs and make a positive impact on Central New York’s environment and our wonderful planet with you!