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Home Energy

Learn how to stay warm and save on energy costs. See if you qualify for home-energy improvement grants

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Business Network

The York Region network of businesses and organizations leading the way in taking action on climate change

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Building Challenge

A friendly York Region competition and opportunity to show-off your building's improved energy efficiency

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Benchmarking Help

Windfall's Benchmarking Help Centre provides expert help to building owners with their EWRB reporting

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Modern solutions to a rising problem. Learn what you can do to protect your property from flooding

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Data Tools

Our latest dashboards provide new insights into 16 years of EnerGuide's home energy evaluation data

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Latest News


Guilbeault halts urban park study after Ford's Greenbelt reversal

Ford announced last week that he is cancelling plans to develop the Greenbelt

Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault is expected today, Monday, September 25 to stop a study of the Rouge National Urban Park that was launched after Ontario Premier Doug Ford opened nearby protected lands to development.

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Check out these home energy-saving tips for fall

Fall officially began on Saturday, September 23 at 2:50 a.m. EDT, and we've highlighted some home energy saving tips to help you enjoy an energy-efficient home this season.

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CAC Municipal Building Benchmarking Opportunities Webinar

Don't miss this free information-packed webinar by Clean Air Canada

Date & Time: Sep 29, 2023 10:00 AM

Cost: Absolutely Free

Buildings are the top greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters by sector, but also, they provide a greater opportunity for municipalities to reduce their emissions. Benchmarking allows for the identification of opportunities for change to improve the efficiency or effectiveness of municipal services. Read more

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Lower your home energy bills with a heat pump

Durham Greener Homes' new incentives promote heat pumps affordability

Energy-conscious homeowners are constantly looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their energy bills and get the most out of their home retrofit upgrades. If you're one of them, there are several reasons why you should consider a heat pump.

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Minister Guilbeault Presents Canada's Climate Ambition at UN

As Canadians continue to be impacted by the devastating effects of climate-related wildfires, floods, and extreme weather events this year, the Government of Canada is accelerating efforts to cut carbon pollution at the pace and scale needed to keep the 1.5°Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement within reach.

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Must Read: Canadian Heat Pump Myth Buster

Space and water heating in Canada account for most building emissions, both residential and commercial. Electrifying buildings will be essential to meet 2050 net-zero emissions targets. Heat pumps are an integral part of this solution, as they use electricity efficiently to heat and cool buildings while replacing fossil fuels. However, there are certain myths about heat pumps that must be debunked to increase their wide-spread acceptance.

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Heat pumps outperform gas even in coldest temperatures

New Study shows heat pumps are more efficient than gas heating

The study, published Monday, September 11 in the journal Joule, examined the efficiency of air-source heat pumps in sub-zero scenarios down to minus 10 degrees Celsius — “mild cold climates” similar to the populated coastal regions of British Columbia. The research was led by Canadian Duncan Gibb, a senior advisor at the Brussels-based Regulatory Assistance Project.

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Canadians could save $10.4billion with heat pumps

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report receives.

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Must Watch: Greenbelt land-Use conflict in Ontario

A documentary by a Grade 7 and 8 Class

The documentary covers questions like what is the Ontario Greenbelt?, why is having protected land important? What is Bill 23? and why is the Greenbelt being developed?

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Climate change spurs young people to seek sustainable careers

Some young adults are switching career paths to keep up with a changing world. Studying to become a social worker and passionate about working with youth and families, Julie Boyce was focusing on child welfare. Until, she says, she realized how "pressing" the issue of climate change is.

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Windfall recognised at Aurora’s Annual Community Awards

Windfall Centre receives 2023 Green Award

The award recognizes individuals & organizations promoting environmental sustainability

Community builders including Windfall Centre were saluted as “the mortar that tightly binds the bricks of our community” on Monday evening, May 29 at Aurora’s annual Community Recognition Awards.

Aurora’s 2023 Community Awards

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Windfall in the Community

Windfall Harvest Festival

On September 24 at Sheppard's Bush in Aurora, in celebration of Canada's and Ontario's 150th birthday, Windfall Ecology Centre hosted the Windfall Harvest Festival... A Celebration of Diversity: Food, Land and People. The festival featured First Nations dance and drumming, pioneer life reenactments, celebrity chefs, food sampling, nature walks, kids Nature Play and many more family activities.

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Windfall Ecology Centre is located on the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudeno-saunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples and the treaty land of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous peoples whose presence here continues to this day. We thank them for sharing this land with us.

We acknowledge the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous people to this place and our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our community.

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Windfall Centre Volunteers

As a non-profit organization we are supported by people just like you. If you would like to get involved in working towards sustainable communities and creating new opportunities for our youth... Consider joining us as a volunteer or making a donation to ensure we can continue and expand our programs focused on sustainability and climate change mitigation.