There are so many reasons why I love working at Vancity, and now I have another really big one.
We announced today, after having it externally audited and verified, that as of December 31, 2007 Vancity is offically carbon neutral. In fact, we are the first North American financial institution to become carbon neutral.
So what does that mean?
It means we’ve tracked our footprint to assess the amount of carbon we emit.
Then we focused on reducing our emissions as much as we possibly could.
And finally, whatever carbon emissions we could not reduce, we purchased high quality local offsets to bring us to carbon neutrality.
This is a huge accomplishment and has been a major focus of the company for quite some time. In fact, we achieved our goal a full two years ahead of schedule by getting our employees across the organization involved and engaged in the issue.
A truly great announcement, and I imagine we’ll garner quite a bit of press coverage about it.
I especially love our new limited-time carbon neutral logo on the website.