Climate Smart is a social enterprise that offers training, certification and tools for small/medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to measure and profitably reduce energy, transport, and waste-related greenhouse gas emissions. Climate Smart grew out of the recognition that SMEs—the engines of local economies—have been largely overlooked by climate change policy. We believe that this dynamic sector can play a critical role in fostering the transition to a prosperous, low-carbon future.
Climate Smart’s approach is capacity-building, meaning that businesses develop an internal ability to measure and reduce their impact: key skills in a green economy. Climate Smart’s training and data services are also designed to link business-sector actions to carbon emission reduction targets and green economy goals. Climate Smart has built out extensive datasets and case studies for community-emission modelling – utilized by both partners and businesses to benchmark progress. In July 2015, Vancouver-based Climate Smart certified businesses were awarded a City of Vancouver Greenest City Leadership Award.
To date, Climate Smart has trained over 800 SMEs and partnered with more than 25 host partners (e.g., City of Vancouver and other local municipalities, Vancity Credit Union, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Port Metro Vancouver).
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