Vancity / Vancouver City Savings Credit Union
Vancouver City Savings Credit Union celebrating bicycle commuting during Bike to Work Week

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Vancity / Vancouver City Savings Credit Union was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Vancity's BOMA BEST Level 1 certified head office features a number of environmentally-friendly features, including rooftop solar panels to pre-heat water, a heat recovery system to capture waste heat from it computer server room, reflective e-glass, non CFC refrigerants, water-based paints, commercially harvested second-growth wood and recyclable carpets -- the credit union is currently working on certification projects for three additional locations and maintains one LEED Gold certified branch
  • Vancity encourages its customers to make sustainable choices through a number of green financial products including financing rewards for green home renovations, a special "enviro VISA" with donations of at least 5 percent of profits to local environmental projects, and discounted loans for the purchase of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars
  • Vancity's head office employees have consistently achieved waste diversion rates of over 80 percent through aggressive recycling and composting programs and the credit union works directly with landlords to encourage recycling and additional diversion programs
Rooftop solar panels at Vancouver City Savings Credit Union's BOMA Best certified head office

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Squamish BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,076
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director, Facility and Environmental Management
Green highlights eviro Visa (donates at least 5% of profits to local environmental projects), Green Business Program (helps business integrate sustainability into their operations), Bright Ideas Financing (rewards for energy efficient home initiatives), Clean Air Vehicle Loan (no maximum and no pre-payment penalties)
In-house waste reduction and recycling batteries, organics (at some locations)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week (employees volunteer to host free bike maintenance and safe cycling workshops), BC Hyrdro's Power Smart Energy Conservation Pledge
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes green roof, solar water heating, rooftop garden managed by employees, indoor electric vehicle charging stations, city's SkyTrain LRT runs through the head office building (literally), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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