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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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You are Invited to the 2022 York Region Sustainability Awards

Celebrating Climate Action in York Region

September 29, 2022 - 6:00 pm at the Armoury, Town of Aurora

Attendance is Free- Register with the link below to attend the event

This celebration of climate action in the York Region, our first in-person award since the pandemic, promises to be memorable with an exciting lineup of award presentations to the 2022 climate action leaders in different categories, a panel of corporate executives sharing inspiring climate action stories, networking and enjoying mouth-watering foods and drinks from the world-renown Canadian Food & Wine Institute at Niagara College.

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How to wean your house off natural gas

A practical guide to swapping your furnace (and A/C) for a heat pump

Building-related energy contributes about 18% of Canada’s total GHG emissions

In the face of the mounting climate emergency and urgent calls from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to rapidly curtail the use of fossil fuels, governments and businesses are scrambling to spell out plans to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What’s also clear is that individuals and households must do much more to alter their own carbon footprints.

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Heat Pumps Proved Themselves During A Harsh Maine Winter

The State of Maine has started educating residents about heat pumps

Heat pumps are incomprehensible to many people. How can a thing that looks like an air conditioner keep people warm in the winter? The state of Maine wants to install 100,000 heat pumps in the next 3 years and is off to a good start. 27,000 of them were installed by Maine residents last year.

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Could Hydrogen-powered Aviation be a Reality by 2035?✈️

Aviation accounts for 2.4% of emissions. Could a different type of fuel help?

A new report by the World Economic Forum and the University of Cambridge’s Aviation Impact Accelerator explores how aviation can achieve a true zero climate impact. Reducing carbon emissions during flight is only one aspect of the problem. The full lifecycle impacts of any fuel or energy source used to power an aircraft also needs to be considered. So too is the impact of manufacturing and replacing batteries for electric aircraft.

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Underground heat pollution can help tame climate change

Heat leaked into the ground could be recycled to help warm buildings

The secret to efficiently heating some buildings might lurk beneath our feet in the heat that humans have inadvertently stored underground. Susanne Benz, an environmental scientist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, said, Harnessing underground heat in this way could provide some communities with a reliable and low-energy means to warm their homes. And if we don't use it, it will just continue to accumulate.

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Sand Battery could solve green energy's problem

Researchers install world's first fully working "sand battery"

The battery can store green power for months at a time.

Finnish researchers have installed the world's first fully working "sand battery" which can store green power for months at a time. The developers say this could solve the problem of year-round supply, a major issue for green energy. The sand stores the heat at around 500C, which can then warm homes in winter when energy is more expensive.

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Ways Climate Action could make Canadians' lives better

Staring into a future shaped by climate change can be gut-wrenching

Cleantech entrepreneurs are building a future that’s more sustainable

In truth, if everyone in Canada gave up their car, lowered their thermostat, stopped taking flights and ate more organic lentils, it wouldn’t be anywhere near enough to make a difference. No wonder it’s hard to maintain any hope that climate change is solvable. But as Greta Thunberg said back in 2018: “The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. Full Article

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Renewables gain grounds amid high Texas energy demand

Unusual heatwave causes Texas to rely on wind and solar energy

Experts say renewables are bailing Texas out as energy demand rises

Texans crank on the air conditioning this week amid an unusually early heat wave, setting new records for electricity demand in the state, which surpassed 75 gigawatts on Sunday and smashed the 2019 record. CNN reports that Texas grid operator ERCOT projects it could approach that peak again on Tuesday. More

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Durham Region Launches Durham Greener Homes

Windfall Centre to Deliver the Durham Greener Homes Program

A new home energy retrofit program for Durham Residents

Access to financing, cash-back rebates, and free expert advice from a Home Energy Coach

On April 28, 2022, Durham Region officially launched the Durham Greener Homes, an initiative inspired by Durham Region's Community Energy Plan to help make energy-efficient, low-carbon homes more accessible to Durham residents. Durham Region partnered with Windfall Centre to deliver the new home energy retrofit program. Read More.

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Mayor Bevilacqua Speaks on Award from ClimateWise 2021

City of Vaughan receives the Mayors' Energy Challenge Advocate Award

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua at Council meeting, announced Vaughan's Award won at the ClimateWise 2021 Achievement Award. He said: I am pleased to announce the City of Vaughan has received the Mayor's Energy Challenge Advocate Award from the ClimateWise Business Network for our dedicated support of the Provincial Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking initiative. More

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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 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.