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Vancity is carbon neutral

Why we did it

As a triple bottom line (financial, social and environmental) business, how we take action on climate change is one of the ways we rate our success as an organization.

Vancity has a long history of taking action against climate change. We like to say we were acting on climate change back when green was still just a colour. And we’ll let you in on a little secret: being green has also strengthened our business and saved us money.

Since we started reducing our energy use and emissions from our buildings, Vancity’s saved over $4.5 million in energy costs. In doing so, we’ve been able to attract new members and employees who share our values and like our conservation-minded approach.

As of December 31, 2007, Vancity is officially a carbon-neutral organization. We did it with the help of experts at: The David Suzuki Foundation; The Pembina Institute; The Natural Step; Ecotrust Canada; The University of British Columbia; and Offsetters. Our data was audited by Interpraxis (our social auditor).

Watch the clip of the big announcement.

Learn more about how we got there, and what happens next: