York region Sustainability Awards



York Region Sustainability Award Recipients

Sustainability Advocate


This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an organization in facilitating the advance or support of sustainability activities in York Region.

Sustainability Innovation

The Regional Municipality of York

This award recognizes individual project initiatives that directly contribute to measurable GHG reductions or an environmentally focussed product, service or process that demonstrates outstanding innovation and impact.

Sustainability Leadership

Alectra Utilites
City of Vaughan

This award is given to a member who has put in place organizational support activities that will enable the launch of a proactive environmental sustainability program.

Engaged Green Team

Tree Frog

This award recognizes the comprehensive efforts of a member organization to engage employees.

Passion into Practice

Brain Power

This award is given to an organization that demonstrates a holistic, integrated approach to embedding sustainability principles throughout their own operations and products or services they provide.

Faith & the Common Good

Holy Trinity Thornhill

This award is given to a faith-community in York Region in recognition of notable efforts to embed environmental sustainability actions within their community.

Progressive Action Plan

The Regional Municipality of York

This award acknowledges a member who has developed an ambitious action plan that achieves medium term gains and long-term commitments towards GHG emission reduction.

York Region's Environmental Champion

Nominated by the York Region community members, the York Region Environmental Champion award is given to an individual within an organization that brings forth new ideas in sustainability.

Our Second Annual Evening of Celebration

ClimateWise Business Network held the second York Region Sustainability Awards at the General Motors Canadian Technical Centre – Markham Campus. The Sustainability Awards are an annual celebration of sustainability achievements for York Region business.

Commitment to Reduce 5400 Tonnes of CO2e Emissions

Over 120 sustainability leaders gathered to network and recognize the successes that ClimateWise members have achieved over the past year – including the collective member commitment of reducing 5400 tonnes of CO2e emissions.

In attendance was Markham Councillor Alan Ho; who provided welcoming remarks and introduced The City of Markham and Markham Fairgrounds as the newest members of ClimateWise. Yves Dalcourt, President of Miele Canada, presented the sustainability case for his organization.

The winners were presented with a handcrafted award made of sustainably harvested maple from the Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area; which is home to ClimateWise Business Network.

20 Years of Leadership and Dedication Award

The final action for the evening was a surprise recognition for 20 Years of Leadership and Dedication presented to Brent Kopperson, Founder & Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre by Green Communities Canada.

Thank you to all who participated in our evening of recognition and a special thank you to our Sponsors


KPMG General Motors Canada


Ameresco Alectra




TD Bank