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Windfall Ecology Centre's response to the proposed amendment on O.Reg 506/18

The ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) proposes to amend O.Reg. 506/18 to stop further rollout of the EWRB program to buildings under 100 000 square feet. Windfall Ecology Centre recommends that the ENDM reconsider the proposed amendment as it will impose additional cost on businesses in the long term and reduce the ability of businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Compugen and Compugen Finance

Compugen and Compugen Finance nominated for Green Builder Award

Compugen and Compugen Finance were one of five nominees for Green Economy Canada's inaugural award. The nomination was celebrated at Connect 2019, Green Economy Canada's annual reception. Compugen and Compugen Finance were recognized by for reducing emissions through building retrofits and implementing a teleworking program for employees. In addition, the organization manages an innovative program that encourages businesses to trade old IT assets for carbon offsets.

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Webinar recording: What the federal election results mean for greening business

The webinar took place on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Recording below.

Under a minority government, Liberals need to collaborate with other parties to get legislation passed. Would the influence of other parties change the way the federal government delivers on green incentive programs?

Listen to the non-partisan discussion on how sustainability in the business sector will be impacted by the new parliament.


  • Keith Brooks, Environmental Defence
  • Robyn Gray, Sussex Strategy
  • Richard Eberhardt, Green Economy Canada
  • Julie Tartt, Mantle 314

Federal funding available to help SMEs businesses go green

The Government of Canada announced that small and medium business owners in Ontario will have the opportunity to receive federal funding to improve the sustainability of operations and their bottom lines. The program will provide $20 000 to $250 000 to offset up to 25% of the costs of qualifying projects. Applications for funding is available until Oct 15, 2019, or until funding is completely spent.

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Holy Trinity School's Path to Sustainability

In June 2018, Holy Trinity School (HTS) became a member of ClimateWise Business Network through Faith and the Common Good's Energy Benchmarking for Faith Buildings initiative. This year, HTS received recognition for their outstanding commitment towards sustainability as they won the Engaged Green Team award at our York Region Sustainability Awards. From annual waste audits to a school curriculum that emphasizes the importance of environmental stewardship, HTS proves to be a true inspiration when it comes to educating, promoting, and advocating for sustainability!

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Town of Newmarket

Newmarket is in!

Newmarket is the fourth municipality to join ClimateWise after York Region, Vaughan and Markham

The Town of Newmarket is located in York Region and is home to over 85,000 residents. Newmarket has consistently been named one of the Best Places to Live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine and has garnered an international reputation for being one of the country's most dynamic, diverse and desirable towns to live and work in. Newmarket is also widely considered a progressive place with a reputation for innovation, particularly in its environmental projects.

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Royal Envelope

Royal Envelope joins the network

Founded in 1989, Royal Envelope is the largest privately-owned envelope manufacturer and printer in Canada. Royal Envelope is equipped to service a variety of business segments in the marketplace. They produce about 1.2 billion envelopes on an annual basis. While their head office is in Vaughan, they have operations across the country including Montreal, Calgary, Burnaby and Winnipeg.

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ClimateWise releases 2018 Annual Report

ClimateWise released our 2018 annual report at the York Region Sustainability Awards. The report highlights how our members are taking action to transition into a low carbon economy. We are pleased to announce that 22 of our 33 members established a GHG inventory and that our members have collectively set a target of 5502 mT of CO2e emissions.

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Thank you!

Third annual York Region Sustainability Awards was a success thanks to our members and sponsors

ClimateWise Business Network held the third annual York Region Sustainability Awards on May 30, 2019 at the Vaughan KPMG tower. We celebrated the achievements of our members, along with recognizing sustainability champions in the broader York Region community. Special guests included Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights and Mary Ng, Federal Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion.

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Ontario Benchmarking Help Centre launched

ClimateWise will assist Ontario building owners with EWRB reporting

MP Deb Schulte, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources visited Windfall Centre for the launch of the Ontario Benchmarking Help Centre. The new initiative funded by Natural Resources Canada, will assist Ontario commercial building owners in lowering operating costs as they comply with Ontario's Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmark (EWRB) regulation.

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It's that time of the year again!

Our third annual York Region Sustainability Awards is on May 30th, 2019

Awards season is upon us and ClimateWise is recognizing members and the broader York Region community for their sustainability achievements. This year, the event will be held at the KPMG building at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Toby Heaps, CEO and co-founder of Corporate Knights will deliver a keynote. Join us for an evening of awards, networking and hors d'oeurves.

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York Region Sustainability Leadership Awards

Nominations are open for a community and youth champion

The application deadline is at 4:00 PM on April 26, 2019.

ClimateWise will be celebrating local environmental champions at our Evening of Recognition on May 30, 2019. Do you know an individual in York Region who is driving sustainability within their community? Nominate them today!

If you have any questions please e-mail ksathananthan@windfallcentre.ca.

Nomination Form

Reduce and divert your waste under our new framework!

To mark our launch we conducted a waste audit at our office

ClimateWise is happy to announce that our waste reduction and diversion framework is now available for download. We received input from our partners at the Regional Municipality of York, Recycling Council of Ontario and Eco Business Network as we designed this document. Coinciding with the framework launch, ClimateWise conducted a waste audit at our Windfall offices. We have a waste diversion rate of 74%, higher than the regional average of 62%. We are setting an ambitious target to have an 85% waste diversion rate by the end of 2020!

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