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Vancouver Island Program Info

Vancity, The Capital Regional District, the City of Victoria, and the District of Saanich invite you to join a group of local businesses that are cutting costs by cutting carbon.

This program is generously sponsored by:

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  • Overview

Climate Smart helps local businesses reduce their carbon footprint while cutting costs. Through three half-day training sessions, our web-based software application, and one-on-one advising, you’ll develop strategies to save on energy costs, improve operational efficiencies and engage employees. Learn more about what we do.

Climate Smart trains key staff and provides businesses with the support to become more competitive in an era of carbon regulation and volatile energy prices. In a collaborative learning environment, your staff will draw on the experience of other businesses and apply tools to measure and profitably reduce your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Learn more about how it works.

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  • Program Outline & Benefits

Climate Smart is a comprehensive professional development and training program that includes the following:

  • A series of three interactive half-day training sessions
  • Access to a top-rated, web-based GHG management application
  • One-on-one advising


Training Session 1:
We take complex, global standards and make it simple for you to assess your impact.

  • Map your operations
  • Collect your data
  • Calculate your emissions with our online app


Training Session 2:
We help you plan emissions reductions and forecast the benefits.

  • Identify your best opportunities for reductions
  • Prioritize your strategies


Training Session 3:
We help you communicate your successes and understand how offsets work.

  • Build internal buy-in
  • Steer clear of “greenwashing”
  • Learn about the carbon offset market


Benefits to your business include:

  • Cost savings
  • Brand lift and competitive advantage
  • Employee engagement
  • Competency development
  • Climate leadership
  • Accurate, actionable data
  • Easy-to-use online GHG management tool
  • Access to growing network of Climate Smart businesses
  • Assistance navigating and accessing utility incentives and rebates
  • Read more about the benefits for your business
Businesses leave the program with:

  • A first-year GHG inventory for your business, calculated (by you) according to internationally recognized standards
  • Emissions-reduction solutions focused on cost benefits
  • A Climate Smart membership seal for one year
  • Marketing and communication strategies regarding GHG management success
  • Internal capacity for ongoing management of your GHG reduction program
  • Data that can be included on Requests for Proposals, bids, tenders, and applications for funding
  • Knowledge of the carbon offset market
Ready to register? Click here to sign up for the Climate Smart program.
  • Dates & Locations

The Climate Smart program includes three half-day training sessions. Staff members (up to two) attend all three sessions within a series.

Next Series
Contact us for more information on future programs.

  • Costs and Discounts

$1,000 off

for qualifying businesses

To support local businesses, Vancity is offering a limited number of grants to significantly reduce the program fee.

To qualify for the discount, businesses must be a Vancity member.

Click here for details on our price tiers, or contact us for further details.

  • Contact Info for Further Details

For further information, please contact Climate Smart:

Ready to register? Click here to sign up for the Climate Smart program.