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Use beer as a force for good.

Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) invites you to join a group of local businesses that are cutting costs by cutting carbon.

Generously sponsored by:

Flats Sponsors

  • Overview

We all know that our craft beer industry in Vancouver is booming! Vancouverites are drinking more beer than ever, and our craft beer scene is attracting tourists from all over the world! This is all great news, however, what effects do these trends have on our environment?

The VEC is partnering with Climate Smart to invite YOU to take part in a collective session to help breweries improve their energy, water and waste footprints and save on associated costs! Climate Smart has helped over 800 businesses, including local food & beverage enterprises such as FreshTAP, Chambar, Victoria Spirits, Phillips Brewing, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Liberty Wine Merchants, Que Pasa (Nature’s Path Foods), Ethical Bean Coffee Company, Earnest Ice Cream, Albion Fisheries, Uprising Breads, and Espressotec.

  • Contribute to community goals, engage employees and take action on an important issue.
  • Share data and best practices.
  • Develop strategies to cut energy, waste, water and fuel costs.
  • Stay competitive and differentiate your brand (in fact, a chance to brand the entire Vancouver craft beer industry!)
  • Support the vision of vancouver to become a destination for sustainable brewing practices and an inspiration to other cities.

Click here to download the PDF flyer.

Ready to register? Click here to sign up for the Climate Smart program.
  • 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
  • Certification as a “Climate Smart Business”


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
Climate Smart certified businesses are equipped with:

  • GHG inventories for your business, according to internationally recognized standards
  • Emission-reduction solutions focused on the business case
  • A Climate Smart membership seal and report
  • Marketing and communications on GHG management success
  • Internal capacity building tools for ongoing management of GHGs
  • Data and case studies for bid, tenders, and Requests for Proposals
  • Knowledge of the carbon offset market
  • Featured Case Studies

Read case studies to learn how Climate Smart could save you money
and strengthen your business.
  • Dates & Location

The Climate Smart program includes three half-day training sessions. All sessions are from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Up to two staff members attend all three sessions within a series.

Next Series:

Open registration:

March 7, April 12, and May 24, 2018
Vancouver Economic Commission
1500 – 401 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

Following series:
May 29, June 26, September 11, 2018

Location: Vancouver Economic Commission (map)
401 W Georgia St, #1500
Vancouver, BC
V6B 5A1

  • Registration Information

$1,000 discount off business fee
for qualifying businesses

With generous support from the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), Vancouver-based breweries have the opportunity to become Climate Smart certified at a significant discount. For a limited time, select Vancouver-based breweries are eligible for a $1,000 discount, first-come, first served!

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

Contact us at Climate Smart for further details.
For questions directed at the VEC, email Meg O’Shea.