Vancity is co-facilitating training with Ecotrust Canada's ClimateSmart program to provide training, tools and technical assistance to organizations on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a group-training format, ClimateSmart:

  • Teaches you how to map your emission sources.
  • Shows you how to collect emissions data and calculate your carbon footprint.
  • Helps you identify the best greenhouse gas reduction opportunities and estimate cost savings.
  • Teaches you about carbon offsets and becoming carbon neutral.
  • Demonstrates how you can tell the world about what your organization is doing.

In 2012, Vancity is supporting up to 25 food-related businesses to participate ClimateSmart by providing scholarships.  Find out more about the program, and for updates on the food businesses and their emission reductions.

Demonstrating Value – Farmers’ Markets

We know that farmers’ markets are contributing to the provision of local food for consumers, supporting the growth of vendors as strong businesses, generating economic impact in the local community, and keeping farmers on land in different regions of BC.  But how do we show it and demonstrate their value? 

Vancity and Vancity Community Foundation are partnering with the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets to develop an online toolkit to help individual markets demonstrate their social, environmental and economic impact. 

During 2012 this project will assist farmers’ markets in designing and testing a range of tools in order to develop a toolkit for all markets.  More information to follow.

New City Market

The New City Market is a multi-stakeholder facility designed to increase our access to BC-grown and micro-processed food.  Named after the city market that operated in Vancouver in the early 1900s, New City Market will provide a year-round central and integrated food enterprise facility to meet the growing demand for local food in a more accessible, flexible, affordable and efficient way.  It will increase revenues for local growers, producers and distributors, which in turn will provide environmental benefits, local economic development and increased employment opportunities.  

Vancity has provided support for the business plan and developmental phases, and is a member of the Advisory Group guiding its implementation. 


A former parking lot on East Hasting Street in Vancouver is attracting a lot of attention. That’s probably because it’s filled with raised garden beds and Downtown Eastside gardeners. This central location of SOLEfood farm is buzzing in its second year of operation and, thanks to a recent Vancity grant of $50,000, is also benefitting from the expertise of renowned Salt Spring Island gardener and author Michael Abelman.

SOLEfood farm is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing urban agriculture employment and training opportunities for Vancouver’s inner-city residents. Its two-year goal is to expand from the current site to eight sites. Sustainable agriculture is important to the well-being of people and our planet. Vancity is proud to support the meaningful social and environmental work of SOLEfood farm. Read the SOLEfood story


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