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York Region Business Taking Action on Climate Change

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

Business Sustainability News

75 buildings join the ClimateWise Challenge

to take action on climate change

York Region municipalities and businesses have heard the call to action to participate in the ClimateWise Challenge. We are excited to welcome 60 municipal buildings and 15 commercial buildings into the free, friendly award and recognition competition. Click the link below to read which York Region municipalities and businesses have joined.

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Windfall Centre challenges Newmarket businesses

to build back better and join the ClimateWise Challenge

With more than 20 years leading environmental sustainability programs and supporting communities within York Region, Windfall Ecology Centre is creating pathways to build back better through the launch of the ClimateWise Building Challenge.

TD Supports Reesor's Markets

To continue sustainable business efforts during COVID-19

Local businesses have felt the significant challenges that COVID-19 has brought on this past year. Amid the pandemic, there have also been opportunities on how to build back for small to medium sized businesses. Reesor’s Markets, a member of the ClimateWise Business Network, can attest to this, having been awarded a membership subsidy from TD to continue to drive sustainability efforts in 2021.

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407 ETR Joins the ClimateWise Business Network

The partnership will build on existing sustainability commitments

and work towards further environmental reporting and sustainability progress

We are pleased to announce that 407 ETR has joined the ClimateWise Business Network as a member. 407 ETR is on a mission to set ambitious and realistic sustainability targets. The partnership with ClimateWise provides access to an extensive member network to learn best practices, create a culture of sustainability and help develop greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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View the 407 ETR Sustainability Report

Portfolio Manager: New Greenhouse Gas Intensity Metric

Free webinar hosted by Natural Resources Canada

Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST

A new greenhouse gas intensity metric will be rolled out to Canadian users of the Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. The new metric will provide an ability to compare your building’s total GHG intensity against a similar regional reference building. Natural Resources Canada is hosting a complimentary webinar to introduce the new metric and discuss what it means for your buildings.


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Ontario Benchmarking Help Centre

Riverside Natural Foods and Reesor's Markets

join the first cohort of businesses in the

SME Net-Zero Pathways: Manufacturing project

by Green Economy Canada in partnership with Pembina Institute

An exciting initiative just launched! Green Economy Canada has launched the SME Net-Zero Pathways: Manufacturing pilot project in partnership with Pembina Institute. ClimateWise members Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. (Home of MadeGood and GOODTO GO) and Reesor's Market & Bakery join the first cohort of businesses to explore how they can get to net zero emissions.

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Registration for the ClimateWise Challenge is now open

Join the energy-saving challenge today

Registration for the 2021 ClimateWise Challenge is now open! If you are a building owner, manager, or tenant, you can take part in this exciting opportunity to take action on climate change while reducing costs and increasing asset value. Register one or more of your buildings today!

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Taking Action on Climate Change in York Region

with Wayne Emmerson

Day five of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview is live

Friday, December 4, 2020

Joining us today is Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO for The Regional Municipality of York. Wayne announces his endorsement and support for the ClimateWise Challenge and speaks to the steps York Region has taken to tackle the climate crisis.

Kicking off the ClimateWise Building Challenge

Our virtual preview begins Monday, November 30, 2020

Join in on the fun! A virtual preview introducing the ClimateWise Building Challenge, hosted by ClimateWise Business Network, will begin on November 30. The weeklong preview will include presentations with messages from key industry and municipal figures in York Region.

We're thrilled to be working alongside BOMA Toronto to deliver the ClimateWise Building Challenge to achieve economic and environmental benefits.

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Congratulations to the BOMA race2reduce winners

ClimateWise is proud to work alongside BOMA Toronto

As a Regional Partner for the race2reduce program.

On November 5, 2020 BOMA Toronto held their 2020 race2Reduce Commercial Real Estate Trailblazers (CREST) awards event virtually. The event was a big success that we were proud to be part of. During the awards, Brent Kopperson, the Founder and Executive Director of Windfall Centre was honoured to provide a congratulatory statement to the winners and participants of the race2race program. The success of the program paved the way to bring a building challenge to York Region under our ClimateWise Business Network program.

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$40 Million Agreement Signed by The Atmospheric Fund

The collaboration will help build back better

and drive bold new climate actions across Canada

The Atmosphere Fund (TAF) announced a $40 million Canada fund in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, City of Toronto, and the Government of Canada, bringing the total assets to $90 million. The significant green impact fund will drive further collaboration with cities across the GTHA community as well as Canada on bold new climate actions.

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Natural Resources Canada funding opportunity

For projects to improve energy efficiency in buildings

Up to $40,000 available per facility

Apply by October 7, 2020

Financial assistance is available to help commercial and institutional building owners and operators implement the ISO 50001 energy management system standard. Implementing ISO 50001 within your organization will result in energy and cost savings and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Navigating difficult decisions

To embrace a net zero strategy

Register for the free Getting to Net Zero webinar

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The third episode of the Getting to Net Zero webinar series will seek to better understand the challenges and opportunities through a panel discussion with local business leaders who are pursuing a net zero strategy. Save your spot today!

Registration and details

ClimateWise founding member York Region

Named one of Canada's Greenest Employers

ClimateWise Business Network founding member, the Regional Municipality of York, has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2020 by Mediacorp Canada Inc. Mediacorp is Canada's largest publisher of employment-related periodicals.

Read more at Newmarket Today

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Maple Leaf Foods

The world's first major carbon neutral food company

Joins our Getting to Net Zero webinar

Thursday, June 5, 2020

In 2019, Maple Leaf Foods became the world's first major carbon neutral food company. Patrick Huynh of Maple Leaf Foods will join Stephen Boles of AET Group Inc. to discuss the company's carbon management journey and its benefits.

Getting to Net Zero webinar series

Free ClimateWise webinar

Getting to Net Zero: Business strategy and carbon offsets

Thursday, June 25, 2020


In the second episode of our popular Getting to Net Zero webinar series, we will present the what, why, and how of carbon offsets. Space is limited and the first webinar in this series filled up fast.

Webinar details and registration

EWRB reporting date extended to Oct 1, 2020

Ontario Benchmarking Help Centre remains open

For the 2020 reporting year, the Government of Ontario will accept the submission of data to the Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) initiative until October 1, 2020. This is intended to be a one-time relief extension due to COVID-19. The Benchmarking Help Centre remains open to help with Portfolio Manager questions.

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Government EWRB extension notice

ClimateWise founding member Alectra Utilities

Receives Environmental Excellence Award

ClimateWise founding member Alectra Utilities was selected by The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) for its 2020 Environmental Excellence award. One of Alectra's signature accomplishments is reducing almost 1500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions since 2016 - representing a 15% decrease in emissions. Congrats!

Alectra Environmental Award

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York Region Mayors' Energy Challenge launched

A friendly competition between York Region municipalities

Officially launched by Newmarket Mayor John Taylor, the Mayors' Energy Challenge sets up a friendly competition between York Region municipalities to aid commercial building owners in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Mayors' Energy Challenge

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York Region BEEP available

York Region Business Energy and Emissions Profile (BEEP) provides insight into York Region's carbon emissions.

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407 ETR

The 407 ETR is the world's first all-electronic, barrier-free toll highway stretching 108 kilometres from Burlington to Pickering. In 2017, more than 413,000 tips were made on the average weekday and drivers continue to find 407 ETR a safe and good choice for saving time and money on fuel.

On April 6, 1999, 407 ETR Concession Company Limited (407 ETR) began a Concession Ground Lease Agreement (CGLA) with the Province of Ontario to assume the management and operation of Highway 407 ETR, including tolling, customer service and the maintenance and expansion of the roadway. 407 ETR is also responsible for customer service, tolling and billing for provincially-owned Highways 407, 412 and 418 (collectively, Highway 407). Revenues collected for provincially-owned highways are passed onto the Government of Ontario.

407 ETR is committed to the prevention of pollution, the principles of sustainable development, and the protection of the environment at all times, while recognizing the corporate objective and obligation of providing safe and efficient operation of Highway 407.

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