at-work1-sqWhether you are transforming how you and others travel to work, the products your organization buys, the products you sell, or the way in which you dispose of your waste, there are tremendous opportunities to go green in the workplace.

Check out the Resources section below for links to organizations that can help you reach your sustainability goals!

Vancouver Island Green Business Certification

vigbc-logoThe Capital Regional District (CRD) is fostering the green economy on Vancouver Island by supporting the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification (VIGBC) program.

The VIGBC program is a unique way to recognize and award the efforts of small and medium sized businesses that are taking action to reduce waste, paper usage, water and energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and furthering social responsibility in the community.

For businesses, the certification is a guide to greening your operations and educating staff. For consumers, it is a symbol that lets you know which businesses have green practices and shop sustainably with confidence.

If you are an owner or manager of a small or medium sized business in the capital region (under 100 Full-Time Employees), the certification provides businesses with:

  • A checklist of sustainable actions in the workplace;
  • Grades of business performance: Silver, Gold and Green (Green being the highest level);
  • Assistance with online and in-house marketing materials and promotion; and
  • Tools and tips for greening your operations.

As a part of the program a third party VIGBC verifier will complete a walk through site assessment to confirm the actions you have in place and identify additional opportunities to improve your certification rating while connecting you with energy and cost saving opportunities.

For more information about the program see Vancouver Island Green Business Certification or email.

Get involved by Registering Your Business or Supporting a Certified Green Business.

ClimateSmart Training

climatesmart_logo  220x136  hhThe CRD Climate Action Service, in partnership with the District of Saanich and the City of Victoria led the delivery of the Climate Smart Business Program in 2012/2013.

Climate Smart is a unique training program delivered to small and medium sized enterprises to help businesses measure their corporate greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to support organizations from a variety of sectors to better understand corporate energy and fuel use. In addition to three group training workshops, Climate Smart provides one on one coaching to help participants identify the best ways to reduce their impact through policy changes, technology adoption and behaviour change programs.

A total of 79 businesses have taken the Climate Smart Program in the capital region. You can check out the Climate Smart Alumni Directory to learn about the incredible ways that Victoria based businesses are taking a leadership role on climate action.

Resources

There are many local organizations and businesses in the region that offer free information to help you achieve your sustainability goals. Links to some of these organizations and businesses are provided below:

Area Resource Link
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Fortis BC - Rebates and Incentives
Fortis BC- Energy Saving Tips
BC Hydro - Powersmart for Businesses
BC Hydro – Greening Your Business Resources
Dollars to Sense Energy Management Workshops
Transportation / Fleets Plug in BC and E3 fleet
Modo
Commuter Challenge
Bike to Work BC
Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition
Sustainable Purchasing Buy Smart Network
Metro Vancouver - Sustainable Purchasing Guide

Find more resources to help you reduce water, protect ecosystems, divert waste and more.