Offsetters chosen by Canada's largest carbon neutral Credit Union

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Vancity Selects Offsetters for Second Year of
Carbon Offsets.
    For the second year in a row,Vancity has chosen BC-based Offsetters to
support their climate strategies. With this purchase of high-quality carbon
offsets, Vancity remains carbon neutral.
    Vancity became the first North American based financial institution to be
carbon neutral in 2008. Canada's largest credit union achieved its goal
through a rigorous emissions reduction program focusing on energy use, staff
travel, paper consumption, and waste. What it couldn't reduce, it offset by
investing in BC-based verified emissions reduction projects. Working with The
Pembina Institute, Vancity conducted a thorough investigation of offset
providers and selected Offsetters to deliver their carbon credits.
    Vancity is a leader in climate action and has implemented a number of
leading strategies in this area. Offsetters is Canada's first and leading
carbon management provider and was selected by the Pacific Carbon Trust as the
first supplier of carbon offsets to the BC Crown Corporation. Offsetters is
also the first ever Official Supplier of Carbon Offsets to an Olympic Games
and will be providing the Vancouver 2010 Winter and Paralympic Games with
carbon credits sourced from clean technology developed in BC's Lower Mainland.
    Working together Vancity and Offsetters have invested in clean, renewable
energy projects that have prevented approximately 6000 tonnes of CO2e
emissions from being produced.

    About Vancity

    Vancity is Canada's largest credit union, with $14.5 billion in assets,
more than 400,000 members, and 60 branches throughout Greater Vancouver, the
Fraser Valley, Victoria and Squamish. Vancity is guided by a commitment to
improving the quality of life in the communities where they live and work.

    About Offsetters

    Offsetters has been helping individuals and organizations understand,
reduce, track and offset their greenhouse gas emissions since 2005. We use
carbon offset funds to develop and invest in high-quality, renewable energy
and energy efficiency projects that would otherwise not take place. Our
ultimate goal is to create a mainstream shift toward clean energy systems that
will get us out of the fossil fuel dependence we face today. For project,
team, product, and service information, visit

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