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Richmond’s Climate Smart pilot program will help local businesses and the environment

24 February 2016

The City of Richmond invites Richmond-based businesses to take advantage of the City’s incentive to become Climate Smart certified at a significant discount. This pilot program is limited to 20 Richmond businesses; the registration deadline is Friday, April 15, 2016. 

“The approach of the Climate Smart program is business-friendly. Its success at coaching enterprises helps businesses lower operating costs while advancing their organization’s sustainability efforts,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This aligns with Council’s own goals of growing the local economy, strengthening the resilience of our enterprises and taking the lead on implementing sustainability.”

The Climate Smart program helps businesses measure and profitably reduce their carbon emissions through small-group training sessions, expert one-on-one advising, customized reporting and certification. Using a business case approach and peer-to-peer learning, Climate Smart helps enterprises reduce energy, fuel and waste costs, and uncover significant opportunities for improving operational efficiencies. 

Program staff will coach participating businesses on:

  • Developing strategies to cut energy, waste, water and fuel costs, and to reduce risks associated with carbon emissions 
  •  Accessing expertise, technology and a network of local businesses
  • Navigating and accessing local utility incentives and rebates
  • Brand differentiation and staying competitive within supply chains
  • Engaging employees and creating opportunities for skill development

Climate Smart has already assisted more than 800 businesses across North America, including such notable Richmond-based firms such as T&T Supermarket, Albion Fisheries and Nature’s Path Foods. The program has helped these organizations track their energy use emissions and identify cost effective opportunities to reduce their operating costs and boost their sustainability credentials. 

To learn more about the Climate Smart program and the City’s incentive for participating businesses:

  • Visit the Richmond Energy Save website at
  • Contact Nicholas Heap, Sustainability Project Manager at the City of Richmond, at 604-276-4267 or
  • Attend a free early-morning information session, hosted by Albion Fisheries in East Richmond, on Tuesday, March 1. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Nicholas Heap.