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2018 News Archives

Vinces Market

Vince's Market joins ClimateWise

They are an independent grocer with five locations in Central Ontario

ClimateWise is pleased to introduce Vince's Market as our newest member. Established in 1929, they have since grown the brand, with four main stores renowned for their fresh produce, a full salad bar, catering options, and an extensive lineup of prepared foods, bulk items and dairy products. Recently, they opened a micro store at Upper Canada Mall providing a curated selection of fresh items and groceries. Their slogan, Because food is one of life's greatest pleasures speaks to price, quality, and the simple enjoyment food plays in our everyday lives.

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York Region Leaders' Sustainability Forum

Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe headlined the event

On November 8th, ClimateWise Business Network held their second annual York Region Leaders' Sustainability Forum at the Markham Museum. The Forum brought together business professionals from across the Region to network and share perspectives on emerging sustainability trends.

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Riverside Natural Foods

Riverside Natural Foods joins ClimateWise

ClimateWise is happy to welcome Riverside Natural Foods to the network. Riverside Natural Foods is the home of MadeGood food products. Starting as a family business with three employees 5 years ago, the company now employs over 300 people today. Riverside is a certified Bcorp Corporation, reflecting the commitment to consider people, the planet and as well as profit in every decision.

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Minister of Finance meets with ClimateWise members

The Hon. Bill Morneau visited Windfall Ecology Centre

ClimateWise Business Network welcomed federal Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, to Windfall Centre on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. The Minister discovered how ClimateWise members Compugen and Reesor's Market are taking steps to reduce their GHG emissions. Minister Morneau shared updates on Canada's climate plan.

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TAF reviews Ontario's climate policy cancellations

Learn what's in and what's out

Ontario is hitting the reset button on climate policy. With the old plan out and some high-profile cancellation announcements, there is some confusion about which programs and policies are continuing, changing or eliminated, the implications and opportunities, and how and when to provide input and develop new programs.

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ClimateWise hosts interactive seminar for faith communities

On Sunday, September 16th, ClimateWise Business Network hosted an interactive seminar for faith communities. Our presenters shared their experience on how to track and reduce energy in faith buildings in a cost-effective manner. Special thanks to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Thornhill for hosting.

York Region Leaders' Sustainability Forum

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Markham Museum, 9350 Markham Rd, Markham ON, L3P 3J3

Join us for the second annual, York Region Leaders' Sustainability Forum. The Forum brings together business leaders from across the Region to share perspectives on emerging trends and opportunities that will impact their business. Opening remarks will be presented by Dianne Saxe, Ontario's Environmental Commissioner.

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Alectra's First Annual Sustainability Report

Alectra Utilities is a founding member of the Network

Over the summer, Alectra released a sustainability report that showcases the company's unique environmental, social and economic initiatives during their first year of operations as Canada's largest municipally-owned electric utility.

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Join us at Connect 2018

Green Economy Canada is hosting their annual reception, Connect 2018 on Sept 26 at Hart House in Toronto. Join us to celebrate business leadership in sustainability, hear a panel discussion on Sustainability Across Party Lines, and meet folks working to get us to a more sustainable future.

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Jaffari Community Centre's Green Journey

A story on how their Green Team was established

ClimateWise member Jaffari Community Centre is making big changes to improve their sustainability and benchmark their energy use. From replacing single-use utensils to creating waste diversion videos to help teach their community members, the organization is en route to meeting their sustainability goals.

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Case Study: Regional Municipality of York

Idle reduction technology in ambulances

Resulted in cost savings and emissions reduction

The Regional Municipality of York's anti-idling program for ambulances resulted in an annual savings of $50 000 and GHG emissions reduction of 102 tonnes per year.

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What does a PC government mean for green business?

Online recording

Did you miss the webinar on what the Ontario election results mean for green business? Want to revisit some of the topics covered? The recording is now available on the ClimateWise YouTube channel.

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ClimateWise releases the 2017 Annual Report

ClimateWise Business Network is proud to present the 2017 annual report. The report highlights the sustainability achievements of ClimateWise members over the past year. We are excited by the diversity of member organizations demonstrating leadership through their sustainability initiatives.

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ClimateWise guides York Region businesses to greenhouse gas reduction

Commit to reducing your business's greenhouse gas emissions

There's a climate change movement happening in York Region's backyard and ClimateWise is here to help your business take action. Make the commitment and join together with 23 local businesses and over 250 businesses province wide to track, measure, and reduce your carbon emissions.

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What does a PC government mean for green business?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Webinar, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

After fifteen years, there is a new party governing Ontario. Would it be business as usual under Premier Doug Ford? Join ClimateWise for a non-partisan, in-depth panel discussion on how sustainability in the business sector can be affected by the provincial election results.

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The City of Markham joins ClimateWise

Markham, a municipality of more than 350,000 residents centrally located in the Greater Toronto area. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada's most diverse community, enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received multiple heritage and environmental awards and is working towards a citywide goal of net zero energy and emissions by 2050.

Introducing Markham Fair

ClimateWise is thrilled to have Markham Fair join the network

Markham Fair is one of Canada's oldest country fairs. Since 1844 the fair has been providing the community with a showcase for talents and products in a friendly competitive spirit. They strive to be a vibrant community partner in the celebration and promotion of agriculture, rural living and sustainability.

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Compugen joins ClimateWise Business Network

One of Canada's top IT solutions and services providers, Compugen works with mid- to large-sized organizations to help them maximize the business value of their investment in information technology. Compugen's award-winning service quality, unequaled depth and breadth of technical expertise and national footprint have made them the partner of choice for Canadian businesses and government organizations for more than 35 years.

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Compugen Finance joins ClimateWise

Compugen Finance, recently registered as a B-Corporation, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Compugen Inc. and was founded in 2007. Its award-winning Green4Good program, with its innovative CarbonBank option, offers Canadian enterprises an effective way to solve end-of-life IT asset disposition challenges while generating carbon credits and donating cash and new technology to charity.

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Reesor's Market joins ClimateWise Business Network

ClimateWise is pleased to welcome Reesor's Market Inc. to our network. The Reesor family has been providing fresh and local food for the region since 1804. The organization believes in environmental stewardship shown by their support for local food and sustainable packaging.

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Miele joins ClimateWise

ClimateWise is happy to announce Miele Canada as our newest member. Miele is an international producer of high-end appliances and commercial equipment. For Miele, sustainability is not only entrenched in the values and traditions of the company but is also the foundation for long-term corporate success.

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Toromont Cat joins the ClimateWise network

ClimateWise is pleased to welcome Toromont Cat to our network. Toromont Cat is your Cat dealer in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut. Toromont believes that sound environmental practices are a corporate responsibility and can also yield business and economic advantages.

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