Learning, networking, resources and events

Learning, networking, resources and events

Discover how your business can reduce its impact on the environment. It can help you save money and create new business opportunities. We did, now so can you.

Leading by doing

In 2007, Vancity became the first carbon neutral financial institution in North America. Watch the video. We maintain our carbon neutral commitments and continue to work to reduce our CO2e emissions. Here's how we did it. Now you can do it too.

Becoming a ClimateSmart Business

If you're a Vancity business member, and you want to measure and manage your carbon footprint, contact us to find out about our scholarships for ClimateSmart training.

About Energy and Environment impact financing

For us, energy and environment is all about investing in businesses producing green products and services, clean technology or actively improving environmental performance. Read about our impact investments in energy and environment.

Greening your business today

Where to get started? Check out our Ten Tips to Green Your Business for what to prioritize and where to get more info.

LiveSmart at Work

LiveSmart BC's Small Business Program offers free energy assessments and top-up of BC Hydro incentives for energy-efficient equipment upgrades, such as lighting and pre-rinse spray valves for commercial kitchens.

Get Power Smart with your energy and your money

Planning to upgrade your building? Get power smart. BC Hydro's Power Smart Partners Program provides incentive and support for larger businesses. Small businesses can access rebates for lighting and other energy-efficiency upgrades through PowerSmart's Product Incentive Program. Support for new construction, new technologies and more at Power Smart Commercial. Save natural gas too, through Fortis BC's new boiler and water heater rebates.

Learning about green building solutions

Vancity is a proud sponsor of Light House Market Insights. Join us for quarterly networking breakfast seminars on green building and sustainable infrastructure in our community - presented by leading industry representatives.

Green your workplace

David Suzuki Foundation provides a downloadable toolkit and green tips for greening your workplace and reducing your carbon footprint.

Purchasing green

Make a bigger impact by greening your supply chain. Vancity supports BuySmart Network. Check out their educational resources or take a workshop on sustainable purchasing.

Network with other businesses

Want to connect with other businesses interested in sustainability and helping create a local green economy? Join LOCO BC, attend a Board of Change event, or attend a Green Tech Exchange monthly networking meeting.

 

Financing

Vancity is particularly interested in financing green businesses and low carbon buildings. Our team understands this sector and are here to help. Email us at greenbusiness
@vancity.com
.

Impact stories

Read about our energy and environment impact investments: