York Region Business Taking Action on Climate Change

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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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City of Markham's Municipal Energy Plan (MEP) – Getting to Zero

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.

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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.

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