Who We Are
Established in 1998 by Brent R. Kopperson, Windfall Ecology Centre is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to building sustainable communities. The creation of Windfall was inspired by a vision of healthy communities, where economic, social, and environmental needs achieve balance through social innovation, community partnership, and community action. The Centre's activities focus on empowering communities to create lasting wealth in a carbon constrained 21st century
Working at the nexus of energy, water, food, and people we research, design, and deliver innovative climate change solutions. Our record of accomplishment includes achievements in public policy and education, residential energy conservation, renewable energy, electric mobility, water protection and leadership development.
We build opportunities for youth in all that we do because mentoring young leaders is fundamental to the sustainable future we envision.
What We Do
Conservation is the cornerstone of sustainability. With Windfall Centre you receive independent advice from a non-profit organization. Starting with simple energy saving tips that can be done over a few weekends at little cost, to guiding you through the government home retrofit incentive programs, Windfall will be your trusted partner along the path of sustainability.
While your life may demand a great amount of driving, you can still reduce your fuel-use, improve your driving habits and save on gas money by adopting better driving habits. Our transportation programs are dedicated to teaching drivers how to drive efficiently, properly maintain their vehicles, save money and minimize driving altogether through public transit and car pooling and electric vehicles.
With the number of government incentives now available creating independent renewable energy has never been easier or more accessible. Windfall Ecology Centre provides full service renewable energy project management and turn key solutions. From solar assessments and feasibility to grid connection, we help home owners, community groups, corporations and municipalities through the process of installing Solar Photo Voltaic systems.
Windfall Ecology Festival
Held over two days in June, the Windfall Ecology Festival is open free of charge to the public and is York Regions largest Environmental & Energy Conservation Exposition! Since its inception in 2001 the Windfall Ecology Festival has provided a premier outdoor event where people are informed, get involved, find products, learn about services and are entertained by people who care about the environment.
Windfall Ecology Festival
Fresh water is a renewable resource, yet the world's supply of clean, fresh water is steadily decreasing. From the shores of our great lakes to our common ground water supply we are all dependant on this essential element. Windfall's storm water protection and water stewardship programs offer residents of the Lake Simcoe watershed invaluable education resources and creative solutions for the conservation and protection of out common water supplies.
RAIN: Storm Water Management
Save Lake Simcoe
Windfall Centre has a long track record of success working with all levels of government to design, develop, implement and administer environmental initiatives. We continue to help shape public policy, as well as deliver education and conservation programs throughout Ontario. At the provincial level, Windfall Ecology Centre provides technical support and services for community based renewable energy projects and we were key advisors in the creation of the Ontario Green Energy Act and the Lake Simcoe Protection Act.
REpower Ontario integrates and covers all the basics of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation into an applied learning program. REpower Ontario prepares participants for job readiness and career development in the green economy and facilitates the placement of successful participants in a range of possible alternatives: including advanced training, co-op, apprenticeships, self employment or full/part-time employment.
Modern organizations want to make the right choices when it comes to the environment and understand that what is good for the environment is often good for the bottom line. At Windfall Centre, we help businesses, municipalities and community groups create sustainability plans that are based on the best science and management thinking available.