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Local businesses encouraged to be Corporate Climate Leaders

The City of Vancouver is encouraging local businesses to join the movement to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020 by becoming Corporate Climate Leaders.

The program supports businesses that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cost-effectively. It also stimulates local Green Capital investment and innovation.

Small and medium-size businesses (500 employees or less) are invited to take part in the Climate Smart Program which teaches businesses how to create a GHG emissions inventory and develop reduction strategies. The focus is on cost-savings, operational efficiency and branding. The program helps businesses access incentive programs to assist with energy conservation.

The City and Metro Vancouver are offering Vancouver-based businesses access to the Climate Smart Program at a reduced cost. A dozen Vancouver businesses already signed up when the program was announced in March 2010 and 35 are now registered. Deadline for registration is Monday, July 12, 2010. For details:

For large-size businesses (over 500 employees), the City and its partners are funding a limited number of engineering assessments of energy savings opportunities. Companies would commit to actions with a two-year or less payback period. The City has already helped three large companies identify actions that would reduce their annual costs by $2.5 million while cutting GHG emissions by 12,000 tonnes a year.

Large businesses can contact the City’s Sustainability Group to be considered for the Climate Leadership Program. For details visit:

Mayor Robertson announced the Corporate Climate Leaders Program during the GLOBE 2010 Conference held in Vancouver in March. 

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