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Cameron-Cole Completes Assessment of Sustainable Tourism in Pacific Island Nations

Cameron-Cole has completed an evaluation of Sustainable Tourism in the Pacific Island nations for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).  The tourism industry is a significant sector for Pacific Island nations and territories and a vital part of their economies. However, SPREP has recognized that if not carefully managed, tourism can have negative impacts on the culture, environment, and eventually the economy of these countries and territories.  

Cameron-Cole’s Sustainability team visited several Pacific Island nations to analyze the effectiveness of the current programs and to define recommendations for successful regional and national approaches. The analysis focused on opportunities for regional collaboration on existing tourism activities, while at the same time creating an infrastructure for lower impact tourism such as ecotourism, and marine ecotourism.  Cameron-Cole Team Leader Rob Watson explained, “We believe that a long-term and comprehensive approach must underlie any policies, programs and projects that recommend ways in which niche tourism can become more sustainable.”  

The results of the analysis were presented in five reports: A Sector Profile of Sustainable Tourism in the Pacific; Analysis of the Current Pacific Marine Ecotourism Industry and Key Supply Side Constraints for the Pacific; Key Actions to Support Development of an Ecotourism Sector; Priority Recommendations for Promoting Sustainable Tourism; and Country Market Transformation Plans, which focused on the five countries visited: Palau, French Polynesia, Tonga, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.  All reports were also translated into French.

SPREP’s Michael Donoghue stated, “We are very excited to be taking this next step toward developing a coordinated strategy for ecotourism in the region. We are confident that Cameron-Cole’s analysis and evaluation will enable SPREP to advocate practical approaches for conservation of the environment, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage and knowledge, and improved Sustainable Tourism business practices.”

Conditions in the Pacific region include the threat of rising sea levels and more turbulent weather that combine to make coastal and marine protection efforts increasingly challenging. The sedimentation and runoff resulting from fire, logging, agriculture, and mining activities, and property and resource destruction from tropical storms, can diminish infrastructure to where it is unable to support tourist activity and significant investment is needed to rebuild.

Rob Watson is a global leader in the green building movement and a market transformation expert who has spent three decades conceiving and implementing market transformation policies. Project team members also included Cameron-Cole’s staff specialists with expertise in water and waste management, environmental management, marine biology, tropical ecology, stormwater management for port and marine facilities, environmental monitoring, and climate change management.

SPREP is an intergovernmental organization charged with promoting cooperation among Pacific Island countries and territories to protect and improve their environment and ensure sustainable development.

Cameron-Cole Now Certified as Washington Verifier

On November 30, 2017, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) announced that Cameron-Cole, LLC had been certified as a verification body in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting verification program.  Cameron-Cole staff members bring a vast amount of verification experience to Washington’s program; we have been providing GHG verification services for almost 15 years. Collectively, our verification team has completed several hundred GHG emissions verifications in virtually every industrial sector.

For emissions year (EY) 2017, the Washington state facilities subject to United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and Ecology reporting requirements must submit their GHG emissions reports to Ecology by April 2, 2018.  The EY2017 GHG emissions reports must be verified by August 30, 2018. In 2018, 29 Washington facilities will be required to verify their GHG emissions reports. This number will grow to between 60 and 70 facilities by 2035.

If you need assistance with GHG reporting or verification services, please contact Chris Lawless at For more information on our other verification certifications, please see the Our Certifications page on our website.

Cameron-Cole Achieves Climate Registered Status

For the eighth year, Cameron-Cole has achieved Climate Registered™ status by successfully measuring its carbon footprint according to The Climate Registry’s best-in-class program, then having it third-party verified and reporting the data on The Registry’s website. Cameron-Cole joins other leading organizations across North America in adopting a truly sustainable approach to doing business.

Measuring its carbon footprint with The Registry allows Cameron-Cole to prepare for future regulation, identify inefficiencies and potential for cost savings, and provide real and meaningful data to customers and shareholders about the firm’s environmental performance. It is the first step toward reducing its energy usage, costs and carbon emissions.

“Climate Registered organizations understand that there are both environmental and economic benefits to understanding and managing your carbon footprint,” said David Rosenheim, Executive Director of The Climate Registry.  “Cameron-Cole has become part of a powerful community of Climate Registered organizations, with substantive data guiding and supporting its sustainable activities.”

The Climate Registry is a nonprofit organization that operates the only carbon footprint registry in North America supported by states, provinces, territories and tribes. The Climate Registry helps hundreds of public and private organizations measure, report and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with integrity. For more information, please visit