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York Region Sustainability Awards

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Royal Envelope
Tree Frog
Brain Power
The Regional Municipality of York
City of Vaughan
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Big Brothers Big Sisters of York
Irvine Generations
City of Markham
Man Brothers
Holy Trinity Thornhill
Toronto Waldorf School
Faith & the Common Good
Town of Newmarket
Rouge River Farms
Markham Fair
Riverside Natural Foods
Reesor's Good Food
Toromont Cat
Hope House Community Hospice
York Region Food Network
Alectra Utilites

Business Sustainability News

We welcome Toronto Waldorf School to the network

The Toronto Waldorf School (TWS) is a private, not-for-profit independent school in Thornhill. It operates 12 months a year which includes child care, JK to grade 12 and summer camp. There are 370 children attending the school during the school year plus another 200 summer campers. We have approximately 60 faculty and administration staff. The building is owned by the school, has 73,000 sq feet of usable area space. It is heated electrically and uses no natural gas.

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Proposed amendment on O.Reg 506/18

Energy & Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) program

Windfall Centre's Response

The ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) proposes to amend O.Reg. 506/18 to stop further rollout of the Energy & Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) program to buildings under 100 000 square feet. Windfall Centre recommends that the ENDM reconsider 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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Mayors' Energy Challenge coming to York Region

Deputation to council marks beginning of friendly challenge

Newmarket Mayor John Taylor issued a friendly challenge to other mayors across the region to identify the municipalities with the best Ontario Energy & Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) participation rates. Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Burrow spoke highly of the initiative. Stay tuned for more details on the Mayors' Energy Challenge.

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Compugen and Compugen Finance

ClimateWise member nominated for Green Award

Compugen has been nominated for Green Economy Canada Builder Award

ClimateWise member Compugen and Compugen Finance were one of five nominees for Green Economy Canada's inaugural award. Compugen is being recognized 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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ClimateWise podcast

What the federal election results could mean for greening business

Podcast of the ClimateWise webinar recorded November 14, 2019

Listen to a non-partisan discussion on how sustainability in the business sector may be impacted by the new Canadian parliament. Will the influence of other parties change the way the federal government delivers on green incentive programs?

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Federal funding to help businesses go green

Up to $250,00 available to small and medium business owners

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

Recognized with York Region Engaged Green Team award

Educating, promoting, and advocating for sustainability

Holy Trinity School, a ClimateWise member through Faith and the Common Good's Energy Benchmarking for Faith Buildings initiative. , was presented with the Engaged Green Team award at the York Region Sustainability Awards. The school was recognized for their outstanding commitment towards sustainability, including annual waste audits and a school curriculum that emphasizes environmental stewardship.

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Brain Power

Brain Power is a leader in after-school enrichment, with environmental sustainability and social justice embedded in its innovative curriculum. Creating an eco-build location with a paperless learning environment, Brain Power is also spearheading efforts to improve waste diversion within the Schwartz/Reisman Lebovic Campus Community Centre. Integrating park clean-ups, tree-planting expeditions, and Earthship construction into its experiential learning, Brain Power encourages students to engage in transformative projects related to the environment and climate change.

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