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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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Climate change will add more than $4B infrastructure cost

Ontario's financial watchdog says the dangers of a changing climate could add more than $4 billion per year to the cost of maintaining public infrastructure in the province. But the Financial Accountability Office says provincial and municipal governments can cut those costs by quickly making roads, hospitals, schools and stormwater pipes more resilient to extreme heat and rainfall.

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New satellite will detect and share CO2 data from facilities

Canadian emissions monitoring company GHGSat last weekend launched a satellite aimed at detecting carbon dioxide emissions from individual facilities like coal plants and steel mills from space for the first time.

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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.

Award Winners' Media Spread

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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Highlights from Webinar 4

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

The fourth in the series was held on June 1, 2022

If you missed the webinar, click links to the PDF and webinar recording below

Highlights from Webinar 3

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

The third in the series was held on May 4, 2022

If you missed the webinar, click links to the PDF and webinar recording below

Highlights from Webinar 5

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

Recognizing How Tenants Contribute to Sustainability of their Buildings

The importance of Circular Economy practices for your building tenants

ClimateWise invites you to a celebration of achievement

Save the date for our virtual celebration, December 9

ClimateWise Challenge teams-up with BOMA Toronto

Municipal Building Benchmarking Opportunities Webinar

Don't miss this free information-packed webinar by Clean Air Canada

Date & Time: Sep 29, 2023 10:00 AM

Cost: Absolutely Free

Buildings are the top greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters by sector, but also, they provide a greater opportunity for municipalities to reduce their emissions. Benchmarking allows for the identification of opportunities for change to improve the efficiency or effectiveness of municipal services. Read More

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Highlights from Webinar 2

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

The second in the series was held on April 6, 2022

If you missed the webinar, click links to the PDF and webinar recording below

Highlights from the Commercial Building Tenants Webinar

The first in the series was held on March 2, 2022

If you missed the webinar, click links to the PDF and webinar recording below

A webinar series for commercial building tenants

How reducing greenhouse gas emissions benefits your business

Register Now for Webinar 4

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

Webinar 4- Better Understand your Energy Consumption

June 1, 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Over 75 buildings join the ClimateWise Challenge

York Region buildings taking action on climate change

Register Now for the Second Webinar in the Series

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants!

Webinar 2- Why Building Tenants Should be Thinking about Climate Risk

Wednesday, April 6, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST

Webinar 3! Register Now for the Third Webinar in the Series

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants!

Webinar 3- Green Leases: How to Achieve Cost Savings and Sustainability Goals

May 4, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST

The third webinar presents how innovative Green Leases can create win-win agreements for building owners and business tenants to benefit from environmentally friendly upgrades and behaviours. More details.

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Windfall Centre challenges Newmarket businesses

Build back better and join the ClimateWise Building Challenge

407 ETR joins ClimateWise Business Network

The partnership will build on existing sustainability commitments

and work towards further environmental reporting and sustainability progress

Portfolio Manager: New Greenhouse Gas Intensity Metric

Free webinar hosted by Natural Resources Canada

Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST

New SME net-zero manufacturing project launched

New SME net-zero manufacturing project launched

New SME net-zero manufacturing project launched

Registration for the ClimateWise Challenge is now open

Join the energy-saving challenge today

Energy Resilience and Zero Carbon Discovery

with Steven Costa

Day four of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview is live

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

Taking Action on Climate Change in York Region

with Wayne Emmerson

Day five of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview is live

TD Bank supports Reesor's Markets sustainability

Kicking off the ClimateWise Building Challenge

Our virtual preview begins Monday, November 30, 2020

Don't miss MSBC Sustainability Webinar this October

'Learn How Businesses Can Save Money by Creating a Green Action Plan'

Are You a Business Owner? Wondering how your business can go green and save money at the same time? Join ClimateWise Building Challenge and Markham Small Business Centre, MSBC, on October 13, 2021, for an information-packed Sustainability Webinar on how your business can save money by creating a Green Action Plan.

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.

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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.

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Greater Toronto Green Building Council

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.

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ClimateWise is proud to work alongside BOMA Toronto

As a Regional Partner for the race2Reduce program

ClimateWise Business Network, the Windfall Ecology Centre program hosting the ClimateWise Building Challenge, is a recognized Regional Partner of the BOMA Toronto race2Reduce program.

As a Regional Ally, ClimateWise offers enhanced outreach and support to public and private sectors in York and surrounding regions and provides resources to help them move their organizations toward more sustainable and low carbon operations.

The collaboration between BOMA Toronto and ClimateWise brings synergy and economies of scale to the mutual efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission from the buildings sector.

Support for BOMA race2reduce participants

ClimateWise Business Network is Hiring

We are seeking an event coordinator

Reporting to the ClimateWise Business Network Program Manager, the Event Coordinator will be responsible for assisting with event coordination by managing attendee administration, budgets and liaising with venues including logistics design and management of on-site and virtual sessions.

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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.

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

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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

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

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.

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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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Toronto Waldorf School joins ClimateWise

The Toronto Waldorf School is a private, not-for-profit independent school in Thornhill. It operates 12 months a year which includes child care, JK to grade 12 and summer camp. The building is owned by the school, has 73,000 sq feet of usable area space. It is heated electrically and uses no natural gas.

Toronto Waldorf School

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