York Region Business Taking Action on Climate Change

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

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Climate Change impacts companies' profits - KPMG Survey

A new KPMG survey of 350 Canadian business owners and executives, released on Wednesday, July 17 found 56 per cent had seen profits affected last year by extreme weather events made more likely by climate change, whether it was forest fires, flooding or extreme heat. Read the full report.

Canada's parliament grills bank CEOs on climate policy

MPs grill heads of Canada's big five banks in a rare meeting

The CEOs of Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, and CIBC last week reassured members of parliament about their commitment to fighting climate change, but said reducing funding for fossil fuel extraction would take time and more works need to be done to reach net zero emissions.

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Highlights from a successful 'ClimateWise Conversation'

ClimateWise Business Network launches new forum

The inaugural session took place at Riverside Natural Foods

On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, ClimateWise Business Network successfully held an impactful first session of its ClimateWise Conversation, a forum designed for strategic, private discussions among peers from various industries about decarbonization and pivotal sustainability issues relevant to the current responsibilities within their organizations.

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Durham Region launches Durham Greener Buildings

The initiative was launched in partnership with Windfall Centre

On January, 24, 2024, the Regional Municipality of Durham, in partnership with Windfall Ecology Centre, launched the Durham Greener Buildings Program, a groundbreaking benchmarking and disclosure program that will support building owners participating in the provincial Energy and Water Reporting Benchmarking (EWRB) program by helping them to measure, report and take action on efficiency and conservation opportunities.

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Canada lags in global race to attract climate investments

Environment Minister, Steven Guilbeault speaking at a forum on sustainable finance in Ottawa last week, warned that Canada is falling behind global competitors in the race to attract the investment needed to fuel the transition to a net-zero economy.

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Business leaders increasingly see value of climate plans

A new survey finds Canadian business leaders increasingly see climate change plans as good for their bottom line. The survey commissioned by BMO of 700 small and medium business leaders in Canada and the U.S. found that 62 per cent of those north of the border see a climate change plan as good for business, up from 47 per cent in the survey last year.

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Winners of the 2022 York Region Sustainability Awards

Celebrating Climate Action in York Region

Checkout our new set of climate leaders in York Region

Windfall Ecology Centre and ClimateWise Business Network congratulate the winners of the 2022 York Region Sustainability Awards. On September 29, 2022, we gathered at the magnificent Aurora Armoury to celebrate outstanding climate action efforts in York Region. We are proud to unveil and celebrate our 2022 York Region Sustainability Awards Winners!

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ClimateWise Building Challenge Gains Momentum

In our second year post-launch, the ClimateWise Building Challenge has doubled its municipal number of buildings to a total of 118. The additions include fire halls, libraries, administrative offices and recreation complexes. York Region municipalities are really taking significant leaps toward climate action. More

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Mayor Bevilacqua Speaks on ClimateWise 2021 Award

City of Vaughan receives Mayors' Energy Challenge Advocate Award

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, during Council meeting, announced Vaughan's recognition at the ClimateWise 2021 Awards. 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

ClimateWise 2021 Awards

GEC Launches Electronic Vehicle Charging Station Program

Get up to 50% back for installing Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations

Green Economy Canada (GEC) has announced a $3.9million Electric Vehicle(EV) charging station incentive program. Application is open to all legally incorporated or registered for-profit or not-for-profit organization in Canada.

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Watch the exciting moments at ClimateWise 2021 Awards

Catch all the fun and exciting moments from the unforgettable virtual ClimateWise 2021 Achievement Awards, held Thursday, December 9, 2021!

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Meet our ClimateWise 2021 Award winners

This year's achievement awards go beyond commemorating sustainability efforts by also celebrating the resilience of those that rose above the tides of the pandemic in the past year and prioritized climate action against all odds. Hence, the 2021 Award Event's Theme: A Celebration of Achievement in Challenging Times. Meet our winners.

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ClimateWise Awards spotlight climate action leaders

The ClimateWise 2021 Achievement Awards event held Thursday, Dec. 9 was nothing short of remarkable moments recognizing the tremendous efforts of emerging leaders in sustainability and climate action within York Region. The virtual event brought organizations, business owners, employees, and industry stakeholders together to celebrate achievements of public and private sector organizations.

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Canadian Institute for Climate Choices Releases Report

Transforming Canada’s economy for a global low-carbon future

In a recent report focused on Canada's Net-Zero future, the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices places emphasis on the importance of transforming the country's economy in the transition to a low-carbon future.

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407 ETR makes significant progress with green action

a greenhouse gas reduction target of 25% by 2030 announced

In January of 2021, 407 ETR joined the Climatewise Business Network. In just six months, 407 ETR has made substantial progress towards setting a Greenhouse Gas reduction target under the ClimateWise Emissions Reduction Framework.

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Toronto net-zero strategy for existing buildings released

The report now heads to city council

The City of Toronto has released its much anticipated net-zero policy strategy for existing buildings. The comprehensive report was 18 months in the making by an expert team from Windfall Ecology Centre, the Integral Group, WSP, and Reep Green Solutions. It lays out an ambitious policy framework and pathways to net-zero for all buildings in Toronto by 2050.

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