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York Region Business Taking Action on Climate Change

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

Business Sustainability News

Free Webinar: Taking Credible Action on the SDGs

Hosted by Green Economy Canada

Thursday, February 25. 2021

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Save the date! Green Economy Canada is hosting their second webinar on the Sustainable Development Goals on February 25. This is a great opportunity to learn how your business can set targets, measure progress, & report on your Sustainable Development Goals.

Register today

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!

Register for the ClimateWise Challenge

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.

Energy Resilience and Zero Carbon Discovery

with Steven Costa

Day four of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview is live

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Joining us today is Steven Costa, the National Solutions Developer of Energy Storage and Distributed Energy at Ameresco, Inc. Steven will discuss understanding and improving your building's existing energy infrastructure and facility use profiles.

Inspiring Smart Building Trends with the City of Markham

featuring Graham Seaman, P.Eng., LEED AP, CEM

Day three of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview is live

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Joining us today is Graham Seaman, P.Eng., LEED AP, CEM, the Director of Sustainability and Asset Management for the City of Markham. Graham will discuss the municipal energy plan and long-term vision to reach net zero by 2050.

How Retrofits are Driving Green Building Growth

with Jeff Ranson

Day two of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview is live

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Jeff Ranson, Regional Director for the Greater Toronto Area chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), joins us today for day two of the ClimateWise Building Challenge virtual preview.

Introducing the ClimateWise Building Challenge

with Mayor John Taylor and Brent Kopperson

Day one of the virtual preview is live

Monday, November 30, 2020

Kicking off our weeklong virtual preview and celebration of the ClimateWise Challenge is Mayor John Taylor from the Town of Newmarket, Ontario and Brent Kopperson, Founder and Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre. Mayor Taylor speaks on the importance that municipalities in York Region place on energy reduction practices invites all York Region Mayors and commercial business to participate in this initiative as we collaborate in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Watch now

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.

Visit ClimateWise Building Challenge

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.

Visit BOMA Toronto website

$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.

More information

Eligibility requirements

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

View York Region's profile

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

9:00am-10:00am

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.

Visit Benchmarking Help Centre

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

Compugen and Compugen Finance

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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ClimateWise Member Spotlight

Brain Power

Brain Power is a leader in after-school enrichment, with environmental sustainability and social justice embedded in its innovative curriculum. Creating an eco-build location with a paperless learning environment, Brain Power is also spearheading efforts to improve waste diversion within the Schwartz/Reisman Lebovic Campus Community Centre. Integrating park clean-ups, tree-planting expeditions, and Earthship construction into its experiential learning, Brain Power encourages students to engage in transformative projects related to the environment and climate change.

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