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Mayors' Energy Challenge

On Thursday, October 3rd, Windfall Ecology Centre's Brent Kopperson provided a deputation to York Region Council concerning the Mayors' Energy Challenge.

A 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.

All nine municipalities participating

All nine York Region municipalities are participating in this challenge. Municipal staff are currently in the process of reaching out to local businesses and building owners to inform them of their EWRB reporting options.

Building owners getting involved

If you are a York Region building owner that would like to get involved please contact ClimateWise Business Network.

If you require more information on the Ontario Energy & Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) program please visit the Ontario Benchmarking Help Centre.

The Mayors' Energy Challenge is highly complementary to the goals of our Community Energy & Emissions Plan (CEEP), which is currently being developed. The Challenge provides an opportunity for the City to engage large building owners in Richmond Hill on the potential of benchmarking for energy savings and connect them to expertise and support from ClimateWise's Benchmarking Help Centre.

Myles O'Brien, Environmental Education and Engagement Coordinator at the City of Richmond Hill
Mayor Steve Pellegrini

Despite our size as a municipality, we feel our contributions can be significant

Mayor Steve Pellegrini, Township of King
Ontario Benchmarking Hellp Centre
Ontario Benchmarking Hellp Centre

Stay tuned for more details on the Mayors' Energy Challenge in the coming weeks. The awards criteria will be announced in February 2020.