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ClimateWise thanks our Founding Members

Soon it will be easier for businesses to buy green vehicles

New green initiative from the Government of Ontario

Ontario is helping businesses buy low-carbon vehicles and technologies that reduce emissions and foster sustainable development, and the province is seeking public input. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.

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Kirthan Sathananthan joins the ClimateWise team

ClimateWise recruits new Marketing and Member Services Coordinator

Kirthan joins the team with a Bachelor in Environmental Studies from York University and a graduate certificate in Green Business Management from Seneca College. He is a strong believer that businesses can embrace sustainability while improving their bottom line. The team is excited to welcome his energy and expertise.

ClimateWise grows the Network

Man Brothers joins the ClimateWise Business Network

Man Brothers Logo

ClimateWise welcomes a new member: Man Brothers, a moving company specializing in corporate moving and installations. Man Brothers is passionate about environmental protection and has focused on reducing their energy use and promoting efficiency internally through best practices. Welcome aboard!

Learn more about Man Brothers

Setting a sustainability target workshop

All Founding Members of ClimateWise in attendance

Setting a sustainability target is the first step in tracking and moving forward with your green objectives. Last week, ClimateWise hosted a workshop for our Founding Members on how to set a carbon emissions target and how to determine what a relevant target looks like for your team.

Read the benefits of joining ClimateWise

From MIT Sloan Management Review

Corporate sustainability at crossroads: progress toward our common future

Eight year study from MIT Sloan and Boston Consulting Group

Corporate sustainability is at a crossroads, where individual organizations have driven ahead as leaders and developed a process for how to integrate sustainability into your corporate culture and decision-making, finds an eight year study from MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group.

Read the full article

See more about sustainability on our Resources section

ClimateWise welcomes Harry French to the team

Harry French joins as the new Manager of ClimateWise Business Network

Harry FrenchThe ClimateWise Business Network is pleased to introduce Harry French as the Manager, ClimateWise Business Network CBN. Our members' ability to stay competitive in a changing business climate is critical; Harry will draw from his experience to facilitate them through a target-setting process to meet this goal. His experience in convening peer learning opportunities will ensure that members have access to industry leaders and proven solutions in meeting their GHG reduction targets.

Read more about Harry

Vaughan unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Two new charging stations unveiled at Vaughan Operations Centre

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca speak

Ribbon cutting for Vaughan Electric Charging Station

Two new Level 2 charging stations are now in service for members of the public at the City of Vaughan's Joint Operations Centre. Developed with the support of the province to expand the EV Charging network across Ontario, the province aims to put nearly 300 additional Level 2 chargers across the province within the Five Year Climate Action Plan.

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ClimateWise publishes 2016 Annual Report

Annual Report celebrating business sustainability and Founding Members

Read about York Region sustainability and learn about ClimateWise members

ClimateWise has published it's first Annual Report celebrating the sustainability achievements of business leaders in York Region. Learn about the members of the ClimateWise Business Network, the incredible potential of York Region as a sustainability leader and read how ClimateWise members are building a sustainability movement across Ontario.

Read the 2016 Annual Report

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ClimateWise is hiring

Marketing and Sales Coordinator

Focus on member engagement, communications and business development

ClimateWise is hiring a Marketing and Sales Coordinator to focus on growing and retaining the membership of the network. The position will focus on engaging members, developing and executing sales strategies and implementing marketing strategies to build awareness within the community.

See full details here

ClimateWise celebrates Founding Members

Evening of Recognition celebration for business sustainability

Climatewise Founding Members

ClimateWise Business Network's first Annual Evening of Recognition was a fantastic success, with members and supporters of ClimateWise, as well as community leaders in business sustainability, coming out to celebrate the achievements and growth of the network since the network's launch in 2016. Thank you to keynote speaker David Miller and Platinum Event Sponsor KPMG for their support!

ClimateWise impacts almost 6500 business leaders

Province supporting climate action in Newmarket-Aurora

MPP Chris Ballard was at Windfall Centre to talk about Ontario's Action Plan for Climate change and to recognize the great work ClimateWise Business Network is doing. ClimateWise has engaged almost 6500 members of the York Region business community in reducing their carbon emissions so far.

Read the Auroran article

Sustainability and small business

Read blog series on how SMEs can overcome barriers to sustainability

Latest: Shortening project payback period

ClimateWise has published two blogs on our ongoing series about how SMEs can overcome barriers to entry for sustainability projects. Read how to find funding support, shrink project payback periods and overcome a lack of staff time or resources by reading the series today.

Read the ClimateWise blog series

Latest blog: How to shorten the payback period of projects

Funding energy efficiency projects

Lunch seminar at Vaughan City Hall

Families celebrate March Break at Windfall

ClimateWise Business Network, in partnership with Enbridge and the City of Vaughan, hosted a lunch seminar at Vaughan City Hall on Tuesday, March 28th about funding sources available to subsidize the cost of energy efficiency projects. The sold-out event featured speakers from Enbridge and Alectra, and was well attended by members of the York Region business community.

ClimateWise Evening of Recognition

Wednesday, May 31st from 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre, North York

Join us as we showcase and celebrate sustainability leadership at our first annual Evening of Recognition! We're thrilled to announce our special evening will be held at the brand new Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in North York with keynote speaker David Miller, President and CEO of WWF-Canada. Come for networking, test drive new electric vehicles and celebrate sustainability leadership across York Region!

Read full details and register

ClimateWise webinar

What is the Global Adjustment Charge and how it impacts businesses

10am - 11am on Thursday, May 18th

ClimateWise Business Network, in partnership with the IESO and Energy@Work, is hosting a workshop on Global Adjustment (GA) to address the charge on your electricity bill. Join us for an improved understanding of GA and the steps you need to take before the June 15th deadline.

Read full details and register

ClimateWise is hiring

Program Manager of ClimateWise Business Network

Knowledge of corporate sustainability and energy management needed

The ClimateWise Business Network is hiring a Program Manager to oversee the operations and development of the program. Duties involve coaching members with sustainability projects, managing program staff and championing sustainability within the business community in York Region. Salary commensurate with experience.

Read the full job description

ClimateWise hiring summer student

Community Projects Assistant for ClimateWise Business Network

Post-Secondary student with passion for environmentalism

Windfall Centre is hiring a Community Projects Assistant on a summer contract to provide a wide variety of support in event planning, business development and marketing efforts for the ClimateWise Business Network. A passion for environmentalism, excellent communication skills and strong organizational skills are required.

Read full details here

CME SMART Green Fund seminar

ClimateWise invited as special presenting guests

Thursday, March 9th 2017 - 8:am to 11:am

CME hosted an information session in Markham on Thursday, March 9th about the new CME SMART Green Funding program available to manufacturers for capital projects that improve energy efficiency. ClimateWise was invited as a special guest to speak about the benefits of sustainability to York Region manufacturers.

Learn more about the CME SMART Green Fund

See other past ClimateWise events here

Making sustainability work for SMEs

ClimateWise blog series on sustainability and small business

The ClimateWise Business Network is publishing a series of blogs addressing the barriers to entry for sustainability projects experienced by SMEs, the support that exists to implement and monitor projects and the benefits and returns typically seen when projects are completed.

Read about how SMES make sustainability work today

York Region pilots electric bus program

Founding partner brings in 6 electric buses and charging station

York Region Transit will be piloting an electric bus program in partnership with the Town of Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution and the CUTRIC to bring six electric buses and one electric charging station to the Newmarket bus terminal. This program aims to conserve energy and reduce emissions by electrifying the municipal transit fleet.

Read the article here

ClimateWise welcomes 3 new members

Welcome to SRS Consultants, HiGarden and Nature Harmony

ClimateWise Business Network welcomes three new members: SRS Consultants, HiGarden Inc. and Nature Harmony. As members of the professional services and environmental industry, our members are leading the sustainability movement in York Region and join a growing network of business leaders realizing the benefits of going green.

Funding energy efficiency projects

Free lunch seminar

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 — 12:noon to 2:pm

Vaughan City Hall, MPR Room

New funding is available to subsidize the cost of energy efficiency projects. This event will help business owners and financial managers understand the business case for energy efficiency and sustainability, and learn how to fund their projects.

Event details and registration

From Harvard Business Review

The comprehensive business case for sustainability

Executives are often reluctant to place sustainability core to their company's business strategy in the mistaken belief that the costs outweigh the benefits. On the contrary, academic research and business experience point to quite the opposite.

Read the full article

Find more on sustainability in our Resource section

ClimateWise volunteer opportunity

Searching for business development researcher

ClimateWise is seeking a business development research volunteer to provide support on industry-targeted outreach campaigns and market research efforts. Must be a post-secondary student passionate about sustainability issues.

Visit Volunteer page to learn more

Target setting for sustainable buildings

ClimateWise in the news

Canadian Property Management Magazine has published an article about ClimateWise. The article discusses target setting in corporate sustainability, the role of the BEEP and how ClimateWise is helping businesses in York Region.

Read the full article here

Assessing facility energy performance

How energy audits and EBCx drive savings

ClimateWise webinar slides

Learn how building owners and managers can optimize their facility's energy performance and see how EBCx and energy audits can drive deeper savings in your facilities from guest speakers Scott Rouse, Michel Parent and Curtis Leishman.

See ClimateWise Webinar Slides here

Supply chains: the missing link in sustainability

Capitalizing on projected growth in the consumer market

New ClimateWise article

A 2016 report from global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company expects the consumer goods market to grow annually for the next 10 to 15 years. Though the strong growth projection is great news — the report singles out that a lack of supply chain sustainability could slow a company's growth and diminish profits.

Full article: Supply chain sustainability

CME SMART Fund Seminar

ClimateWise Business Network to present

Thursday, March 8th, 2017, 8:30-10:30am

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre

Learn about the new CME SMART Green funding program for Ontario manufacturers at this free breakfast event exploring who can apply for funding, what types of projects are eligible and how to apply. ClimateWise has been invited as a special guest and will be presenting a case study on how manufacturers can benefit from sustainability.

Event Details and Registration

See upcoming ClimateWise events on our Events page

The value of green buildings

How asset value increases with sustainability investments

New ClimateWise white paper

ClimateWise has published a new white paper on the Value of Green Buildings. The paper discusses how commercial and residential buildings can increase tenant engagement, improve energy efficiency and how asset value increases with sustainability investments and labelling initiatives, such as LEED certification.

Download white paper: The value of green buildings

Visit our resources section for more on business sustainability

IESO offers funding for Community Energy Plans

ECB Program updates funding requirements and categories

The IESO has updated the requirements of the ECB program to include funding of up to $100,000 for the development and implementation of a Community Energy Plan. New requirements that increase accessibility and revise program offerings can be found on the IESO website.

To learn more or apply today, visit the IESO

New ClimateWise resource section

We've added a new Resource section to our website. This is where you will find helpful resources such as ClimateWise white papers and case studies. Check this section often as we will be continually adding new resources to help you set and meet in your emissions reduction targets.

ClimateWise resources

Free ClimateWise webinar

Assessing Your Facility's Energy Performance

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 — 10:am to 11:30am

ClimateWise Business Network is hosting a webinar on Assessing Your Facility's Energy Performance. On Wednesday December 14th at 10:am, learn from Energy@Work, Technosim and PowerStream how Existing Building Commissioning (ECBx) and energy audits can drive deeper cost savings in your facilities.

Full webinar details

Looking at the York Region BEEP

Business Energy and Emissions Profile for York Region, Ontario

New ClimateWise white paper

ClimateWise has published a white paper on the York Region Business Energy and Emissions Profile (BEEP). The white paper outlines the value of municipal-level data and clearly explains how businesses and communities within York Region can use the publicly-accessible BEEP.

Download white paper: York Region BEEP

View the online BEEP dashboard

Free ClimateWise webinar

What does Cap and Trade mean for your business

Thursday, October 27, 2016 — 10:am to 11:30am

Ontario's Cap and Trade legislation comes into effect in January 2017. ClimateWise is hosting a free webinar that will provide an overview of the legislation and a discussion of it's impacts on Ontario business. The webinar will include guest speakers and examples of businesses using carbon pricing to their advantage.

Ontario Cap and Trade webinar

ClimateWise launch featured in the Auroran

There are all kinds of examples of businesses big and small that are actually beginning to understand that sustainability practices in their business is good business because they've learned it improves their bottom line and it has an impact on employee retention and recruitment and overall brand and imaging.

Read the full story in the Auroran

Windfall Centre releases York Region BEEP

York Region Business Energy and Emissions Profile

Providing insights into York Region's carbon emissions

The York Region Business Energy and Emissions Profile (BEEP) is a study of greenhouse gas emissions generated by York Region businesses. The study was commissioned by the Windfall Ecology Centre to gain insight and to engage businesses in improving profitability through emissions reduction.

View the online BEEP Dashboard

Canada to impose nationwide carbon price

Canada will impose a carbon price on provinces that do not adequately regulate emissions by themselves, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna stated.

Read the full story

Why ClimateWise Business Network

Making carbon measuring cost efficient for all organizations

We cannot manage, what we do not measure

Unfortunately, many in business and other organizations find the prospect of carrying out carbon measuring and reporting to be a rather daunting task. The cost of a premium carbon accounting program can seem prohibitive and the learning-curve and expense of hiring consultants beyond their means.

The ClimateWise advantage

ClimateWise Launches

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Climatewise Launch Party

York Region joins ClimateWise Founding Partners

Lake Simco Region Conservation Authority PowerStream City of Vaughan City of Vaughan

Lowering emissions and saving money

Watch how our CoLab partners are improving their bottom-line

Become a Founding Member of ClimateWise

All organizations that support Windfall Centre/ClimateWise with at least $10,000 of initial project funding will forever be identified as Founding Members. We're gearing-up for our September Launch so this is a great time to get in on the ground floor with some additional Founding Member benefits.

More on Founding Members

ClimateWise sets Launch Date for September 20, 2016

Please mark September 20, 4:pm to 7:pm in your calendar and be our guest as we officially launch the ClimateWise Business Network. There will be a Key Note speaker, great food, networking, and a showcase of our Founding Partners and first members. Stay tuned for more event news!

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ClimateWise finalizes Reduction Framework

Well, not really. We are still engaged in consultations regarding the target setting framework...your comments are welcome.

ClimateWise Reduction Framework

ClimateWise receives Start-up Funding

We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing start-up funding for our regional initiative supporting our business community in taking deliberate actions to benefit the environment.

More on Trillium Foundation funding

CoLab receives Minister's Award for Excellence

Sustainability CoLab was announced as a recipient of the Ministers Award for Environmental Excellence for 2015, the supporting programs in CoLab Network that are helping businesses reduce their environmental impacts and building the low-carbon economy.

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Sustainability CoLab receives provincial funding

The province of Ontario continues to put its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $1 million from the Green Investment Fund in Kitchener's Sustainability CoLab Network.

With this investment, CoLab will fund local environmental organizations in their network to help businesses undertake initiatives such as introducing energy-efficiency measures and completing energy retrofits and building audits. Sustainability CoLab expects to help program participants reduce about 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2017.

About Sustainability CoLab