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A program to help corporations take action on climate change through active greenhouse gas (GHG) management across their operations

Edmonton’s Corporate Climate Leaders Program supports the growing number of Edmonton organizations that are concerned about climate change and want to take action.

What is it?

Members have made a commitment to take action on climate change through active greenhouse gas (GHG) management across their operations. In addition to supporting members in the implementation of their GHG management practices, the City of Edmonton is working with Climate Smart Businesses to help build capacity for lasting change within member organizations.

The program will facilitate members sharing best practices and lessons learned, exploring emerging business opportunities related to the low carbon economy, mentoring newcomers and celebrating success. These will be communicated community-wide, inspiring all Edmontonians to take climate action.

The goals of Edmonton’s Corporate Climate Leaders Program are:

  • To encourage, support and empower Edmonton corporations to reduce their GHG emissions and increase their climate resilience
  • To promote the collaboration of Edmonton corporations in sharing best practices (re: climate action) and advancing low carbon business opportunities
  • To fast-track the transition to a green economy by building industry capacity
  • To showcase the climate actions of member corporations as a way of inspiring action on the part of all Edmontonians

Read the program summary for additional details.

How can my corporation participate?

All Edmonton corporations (profit and non-profit) are invited to be members, including those that are located and operate solely in Edmonton and ones that are world-wide with franchises or operations in Edmonton. Membership in the Corporate Climate Leaders Program signifies a corporation is concerned about climate change and is advancing climate action within its operations (or soon will be). 

Membership calls on corporations to make the following three commitments, and demonstrate that they have been achieved within 12 to 18 months of signing up:

  • To establish and maintain a corporate GHG inventory
  • To develop plans and targets for reducing GHG emissions
  • To share these commitments publicly

Please review the program summary to fully understand the expectations related to meeting these three commitments.

To participate:

  1. Learn more. Read the program summary for details.
  2. Choose an Executive Sponsor. Every member is asked to identify an executive sponsor within their organization to demonstrate their commitment. 
  3. Review the Commitments. Determine if you are already meeting the three commitments or would need support to achieve them. 
  4. Register. The next cohort of the Corporate Climate Leaders program will open in early 2020. A registration and consent form will be available soon.
What is Climate Smart?

Climate Smart is an award winning, certified B Corp, that offers a comprehensive, small-group-based training program, certification and tools for businesses to measure and profitably reduce their energy, transport, and waste-related costs and GHG emissions. 

Climate Smart has trained over 850 businesses, in 21 North American cities who have a combined carbon footprint of  over 2,298,000 tCO2e. Participating businesses are achieving an 11% average GHG emissions reduction, with sustained reductions as high as 35% for top-performing participants. 

Climate Smart emphasizes the business case to reducing emissions. Case studies from a sample of 70+ Climate Smart businesses show an aggregated total annual cost savings of $3.9 million. A service available to Corporate Climate Leaders Program members, Climate Smart will be working with Edmonton corporations to build internal capacity, so that businesses come away with the internal ability to analyze, measure and reduce their company’s impact: key skills in the green economy of the future. 

Learn more about Climate Smart. Those who are interested in Climate Smart’s services are encouraged to register after becoming a member of the Corporate Climate Leaders Program.

Small Business Rebate

Are you a small or medium-sized business or non-profit organization? Organizations that participate in the Corporate Climate Leaders Program with 75 employees or less and non-profits (of any size) are eligible to apply for a City of Edmonton rebate to offset the costs of enrolling in the optional Climate Smart Training and Certification Program.

Eligible organizations will receive a rebate for 50% of the annual Climate Smart fee for the duration of their participation in the Corporate Climate Leaders Program as per the table below:

# Employees Climate Smart Annual Fee

City of Edmonton
Small Business Rebate

1-5 $1,500 $750
6-25 $1,750 $875
26-75 $2,250 $1,125

Details on how to apply will be available soon.

Note: Rebates are limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date a completed application form is received.


Grants & Incentives

Building Energy Benchmarking
Program participants are eligible for a rebate towards the costs of a commercial energy audit.

Storefront Improvement Program

Corner Store Program

EcoCity Community Sustainability Grants

Immediate Expensing and Accelerated Investment Incentive

For More Information

Christine VanDerwill


604-254-6283, extension 238


Lisa Dockman

Title Energy Transition Project Manager



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