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Hold the date - 2022 York Region Sustainability Awards

September 29, 2022 - 6:00 pm at the Armoury, Town of Aurora

Details about Registration coming soon

On September 29, 2022, the ClimateWise Business Network will be holding the 2022 York Region Sustainability Awards event. This year, the award ceremony, lined up with exciting activities, will be an in-person event in the heart of Aurora at the newly renovated, historic building - THE ARMOURY.

Could Hydrogen-powered Aviation be a Reality by 2035?✈️

Aviation accounts for 2.4% of emissions. Could a different type of fuel help?

A new report by the World Economic Forum and the University of Cambridge’s Aviation Impact Accelerator explores how aviation can achieve a true zero climate impact. Reducing carbon emissions during flight is only one aspect of the problem. The full lifecycle impacts of any fuel or energy source used to power an aircraft also needs to be considered. So too is the impact of manufacturing and replacing batteries for electric aircraft.

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Underground heat pollution can be tapped to tame climate change

Heat leaked into the ground could be recycled to help warm buildings

The secret to efficiently heating some buildings might lurk beneath our feet in the heat that humans have inadvertently stored underground. Susanne Benz, an environmental scientist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, said, Harnessing underground heat in this way could provide some communities with a reliable and low-energy means to warm their homes. And if we don't use it, it will just continue to accumulate.

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Sand Battery could solve green energy's problem

Researchers install world's first fully working "sand battery"🔋🔋🔋

The battery can store green power for months at a time.

Finnish researchers have installed the world's first fully working "sand battery" which can store green power for months at a time. The developers say this could solve the problem of year-round supply, a major issue for green energy. The sand stores the heat at around 500C, which can then warm homes in winter when energy is more expensive.

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New study- how the ancient world adapted to climate change

Findings, however offer a warning for today's climate emergency

A new study of the ancient world of Anatolia, now Turkey, shows how they adapted to climate change but offers a warning for today's climate emergency. The efforts of ancient populations to minimize the impacts of climate change were undermined during longer climate shifts when it is combined with other events such as pandemics, earthquakes and wars.

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Ways Climate Action could make Canadians' lives better

Staring into a future shaped by climate change can be gut-wrenching

Cleantech entrepreneurs are building a future that’s more sustainable

In truth, if everyone in Canada gave up their car, lowered their thermostat, stopped taking flights and ate more organic lentils, it wouldn’t be anywhere near enough to make a difference. No wonder it’s hard to maintain any hope that climate change is solvable. But as Greta Thunberg said back in 2018: “The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. Full Article

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Renewables gain grounds amid high Texas energy demand

Unusual heatwave causes Texas to rely on wind and solar energy

Experts say renewables are bailing Texas out as energy demand rises

Texans crank on the air conditioning this week amid an unusually early heat wave, setting new records for electricity demand in the state, which surpassed 75 gigawatts on Sunday and smashed the 2019 record. CNN reports that Texas grid operator ERCOT projects it could approach that peak again on Tuesday. More

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Just Green Cities Microsite is Live!

Integrating the SDGs into Municipal Infrastructure Decision Making

A Research Project of Windfall Centre, Partners for Action and Possibilian Ventures

Visit justgreencities.ca

Just Green Cities is a research project addresses a core challenge Canadians face in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing the climate crisis, focusing on municipal infrastructure renewal. The research focused on three key areas: net-zero housing, fleet electrification and stormwater management.

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Durham Region Launches Durham Greener Homes

Windfall Centre to Deliver the Durham Greener Homes Program

A new home energy retrofit program for Durham Residents

Access to financing, cash-back rebates, and free expert advice from a Home Energy Coach

On April 28, 2022, Durham Region officially launched the Durham Greener Homes, an initiative inspired by Durham Region's Community Energy Plan to help make energy-efficient, low-carbon homes more accessible to Durham residents. Durham Region partnered with Windfall Centre to deliver the new home energy retrofit program. Read More.

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Mayor Bevilacqua Speaks on Award from ClimateWise 2021

City of Vaughan receives the Mayors' Energy Challenge Advocate Award

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua at Council meeting, announced Vaughan's Award won at the ClimateWise 2021 Achievement Award. 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

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Commercial Building Tenants Webinar- Webinar 4 Highlights

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

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

Commercial Building Tenants Webinar- Webinar 3 Highlights

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

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

Commercial Building Tenants Webinar- Webinar 2 Highlights

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: A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

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

We are Hiring! Full-time, Part-time and Contract Position

Windfall Centre has a new opening for Registered Energy Advisors

Location – Toronto, York, Durham, Peel

Start Date: ASAP

Register Now! Live and Drive Green in Durham Region Webinar

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Presented by Ajax Library, Durham Region and Durham Greener Homes.

A Free Webinar to learn how to GO GREEN!

You are Invited: 'Just Green Cities' Discussion Paper Launch

Integrating the SDGs into Municipal infrastructure decision making

Join us in imagining a just, green future for our communities

March 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST

Windfall's 2022 Rain Barrel Fundraising Sale is On!🛢️🛢️🛢️

Save money, grow a healthier garden, and protect the environment

Get rain barrels and accessories at great prices with free home delivery

Register Now for Webinar 4

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

Webinar 4- Better Understand your Energy Consumption & What is Driving your Energy Use

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

We are Hiring! Summer Job Contract Position

Windfall Centre has a new opening for Communications Assistant

Location – Aurora, Ontario/ Remote

Windfall Centre is seeking a post-secondary student with Communications background for the position of Communications Assistant. The successful applicant will directly report to and work with the Manager, Digital Communications to manage Windfall Centre's Marketing Communications strategy and provide communications support to the Program Managers. Learn More about the position.

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Don't miss this webinar series for commercial building tenants

How reducing greenhouse gas emissions benefits your business

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

Webinar 2! 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

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

Windfall Centre wins big at GCC's 2021 Advisor Recognition Awards

Windfall's Energy Advisors recognized for home energy efficiency excellence

Save your spot: A free webinar series on floodplain mapping

Join GCC on Wednesdays from Feb 23 to Mar 23, 1:30- 2:30 pm EST

Canadian cities lose green spaces to urbanization

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, others record green space losses

Green Economy Canada launches EV charging station program

Get up to 50% back for installing Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations

Canada ranks second in the world for LEED Certified Buildings

Canada certified 205 projects in 2021

Why ban on oil & gas heating for new homes is a growing trend

Where are fossil fuel heating bans happening in Canada so far?

TAF launches $2million electric vehicle station fund

Get support and incentives for EV charging stations in the GTHA

TAF launches $2million electric vehicle station fund

Get support and incentives for EV charging stations in the GTHA

TAF launches $2million electric vehicle station fund

Get support and incentives for EV charging stations in the GTHA

Watch the exciting moments at ClimateWise 2021 Awards

Meet our ClimateWise 2021 award winners and their climate feats

ClimateWise Awards spotlight climate action leaders

Toronto's net-zero existing buildings strategy

Five key takeaways from the report

Canada is pursuing a nationwide 'net-zero emission by 2050' goal. The City of Toronto has aligned with this mission with its target to record citywide net-zero emissions by reducing existing buildings' Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions over the next 30 years. Read More.

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IPCC 2021 climate change report

Now is the time to re-strategize, not panic!

More than ever before, Climate Change is spiralling out of control due to increased human activities that have become more detrimental to our planet's ecosystem. As a result, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released its sixth assessment report to alert the world of the alarming spike in activities deepening climate change.

Now is the time to re-strategize

Toronto's 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.

Download the report

Windfall's Big Savings Rain Barrel Sale is back

Order online with contactless delivery to your door

Rain barrels starting at just $45

Windfall's annual fundraising event is back with great savings on rain barrels. Prices range from $45 to $175 and include free home delivery. There are many styles to choose from and all the accessories are available.

Rain barrel sale details

Over 75 buildings join the ClimateWise Challenge

York Region buildings taking 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.

See who's joined the challenge

Windfall Centre challenges Newmarket businesses

Build back better and join the ClimateWise Building 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.

Read the full article at Newmarket Today

Visit the ClimateWise Challenge website

New $5000 home-retrofit grants announced

Homeowner grants will be available for energy-saving upgrades

The home-energy experts at Windfall Centre took part in a web-meeting with Natural Resources Canada on March 9, 2021. The web-meeting covered the federal government's new Greener Homes Initiative. Full details of the program are not yet available, but here is what we know so far...

Visit Windfall Home Energy for details

Registration for the ClimateWise Challenge is now open

Join the ClimateWise Building Challenge today

Registration for the 2021 ClimateWise Building Challenge, an initiative of ClimateWise Business Network, is now open. If you are a building owner, manager, or tenant in York Region, you can take part in this exciting opportunity to take action on climate change while reducing building costs and increasing asset value.

Register for the ClimateWise Challenge

Interested in a career in energy efficiency?

The Windfall Home Energy program is hiring

Please apply by October 1, 2020

Join our team of home energy experts at Windfall Centre. We are seeking enthusiastic and hardworking candidates who have a passion for working in the field of energy efficiency and are interested in pursuing a career as a Registered Energy Advisor.

Apply today

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Over 100 organizations ask for climate action

In the upcoming Federal Throne Speech

On September 23, 2020

Windfall Ecology Centre is proud to support Climate Action Network Canada along with over 100 member and ally organizations who signed a letter outlining key recommendations and expectations for our government in the upcoming Speech from the Throne. This is a pivotal moment in the history of Canada's action on climate change and in building a just recovery and creating a resilient future in Canadian communities and economies.

Read the letter

What is the Speech from the Throne?

Natural Resources Canada Financial Assistance Program

Available 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

Reduce costly home energy costs

Apply for a free smart thermostat

Valued at over $150

The Home Winterproofing program is providing a free smart thermostat to homeowners and renters who are income qualified. The ecobee3 lite, a 7-day programmable thermostat that supports third-party integrations, can help you save up to 23% a year on heating and cooling costs and create a comfortable home environment.

Apply today

ClimateWise Business Network: Free Webinar

Getting to Net Zero: Navigating Difficult Decisions

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The third episode of the Getting to Net Zero webinar series will seek to better understand the challenges and opportunities of achieving a net zero strategy through a panel discussion with local business leaders.

Registration and details

ClimateWise Business Network: Getting to Net Zero

Free webinar series

Our ClimateWise Business Network is hosting a free webinar series for businesses and municipalities interested in learning about achieving net zero emissions. Click on the button below to view past webinar recordings as well as upcoming events.

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ClimateWise works alongside the City of Vaughan

To conduct a survey and outreach in the commercial real estate sector

ClimateWise has partnered with the City of Vaughan to conduct a survey to identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency in the commercial real estate sector and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The working relationship with the City will also support the launch of an outreach program to the commercial real estate sector on the Energy and Water Reporting & Benchmarking (EWRB) reporting requirements.

Learn about ClimateWise Business Network

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

EWRB reporting date extended to October 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 the Benchmarking Help Centre

Government EWRB extension notice

EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluations have resumed

New COVID-19 safety measures are in place

Following the lead of Ontario health officials, we are happy to announce Windfall on-site Home Energy Evaluations have resumed, with new safety measures in place.

Home Energy Evaluations resume

ClimateWise Business Network: Free webinar

Getting to Net Zero: June 25, 2020

The second episode of the Getting to Net Zero webinar series will focus on business strategy and carbon offsets. This webinar will feature two industry leaders from Maple Leaf Foods and AET Group with experience in working with carbon offsets and greenhouse gas reduction plans.

Registration and details

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

Our response: Proposed amendment to O.Reg 506/18

The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) proposes to amend O.Reg. 506/18 to stop further rollout of the EWRB program to buildings under 100 000 sq. ft. Windfall Ecology Centre recommends that the ENDM reconsider the proposed amendment as it will impose additional cost on businesses in the long term and reduce the ability of businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Read our response

Compugen and Compugen Finance nominated for Green Economy Builder Award

The IT firm is an active member of ClimateWise Business Network

Compugen and Compugen Finance were one of five nominees for Green Economy Canada's inaugural award. They were nominated for their commitment to sustainability that included reducing building energy use, encouraging employees to work remotely and managing an innovative program that incentivizes businesses to trade old IT assets for carbon offsets.

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New Limited Time Fall Bonus Home Energy Incentives

Get your home ready for cooler weather

September is time to think about properly heating your house this fall and winter. The best furnace in the world won't help much if your house is drafty. Learn how to heat your home for comfort while also saving money on heating by having a home energy assessment and take advantage of the new fall bonus incentives offered through the Home Efficiency Rebate program.

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Federal funding supports clean, zero-emission transit

Newmarket pilots electric buses and on-route 450kW electric charger

On August 15, 2019, Kyle Peterson, MP for Newmarket–Aurora announced an investment of nearly $957,000 for Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. to install and pilot a high-power overhead, on-route electric charger in Newmarket, which will help York Region phase out diesel buses and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

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Holy Trinity School's Path to Sustainability

"The Green Team brought to the table a higher level of leadership to commit"

In May 2019, ClimateWise member Holy Trinity School won the Engaged Green Team award at the York Region Sustainability Awards. From annual waste audits to a school curriculum that emphasizes the importance of environmental stewardship, HTS proves to be a true inspiration when it comes to educating, promoting and advocating sustainability!

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Federal funding for small and medium businesses

Offset up to 25% of the costs of qualifying projects

The federal government announced a $72 million fund for small and medium businesses in Ontario to take climate action. The program will provide $20 000 to $250 000 to cover up to 25% of the costs of qualifying projects. Applications for funding are available on a first come, first serve basis until Oct 15, 2019.

Money available for business

View Applicant Guide

Need help staying cool this summer?

Learn how to make your home more comfortable

We mainly think of draftproofing to keep cold winter air out, but it can also help keep warm air at bay during the summer. In a well-sealed house, you can be the one in control of air flow by strategically opening windows or placing fans. You still have time to insulate or draftproof before the next heat wave.

Energy rebates for qualifying homes are still available.

Request an Energy Assessment

Depaving project brings bit of 'paradise' to Newmarket school

St. John Chrysostom CES in Newmarket is transforming its concrete kindergarten area into green space

On Thursday June 6, over 150 teachers, students, parents and community partners worked together with Windfall Centre, the York Catholic District School Board, and Evergreen, to transform their Kindergarten yard into a greener space. Using prybars and wheelbarrows, volunteers got their hands dirty and removed over 700 square feet of pavement by hand!

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Depaving the way for healthy green spaces

Thank you to all our partners and supporters

On Thursday, June 6th Windfall Ecology Centre teamed up with the York Catholic District School Board and Evergreen to Depave the Kindergarten yard at St. John Chrysostom CES in Newmarket.

School staff, students, parents and community volunteers ripped up over 700 square feet of pavement by hand to make way for green space for the students.

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York Region Sustainability Awards

Event was held on May 30th at the KPMG Tower in Vaughan

Thank you to everyone who came out on to our annual York Region Sustainability Awards! Our event was a success thanks to the fantastic support from our members and sponsors.

We had a great evening networking and celebrating the achievements of over 100 sustainable businesses and community leaders throughout York Region.

Congratulations to all the award winners! We cannot wait to see what is in store for next year!

Award Winners

The Pact for a New Green Deal

You are invited to a special Town Hall on May 29th, Newmarket ON

Join in a national dialogue about meeting the challenges of climate change, environmental destruction and social justice. This event is one of many Green New Deal town halls being held in communities across the country in May 2019. The input from these town halls will be used to inform a vision for a Green New Deal for all.

Register Now

Announcing the new Home Energy Rebate (HER)

Exciting changes to energy rebates and incentives

Spring has arrived and with it some exciting changes to the energy rebates and incentives available from our gas utilities and partners. It has never been easier for to qualify for rebates! Effective May 1, 2019 the Home Energy Conservation (HEC) from Enbridge Gas and the Home Reno Rebate (HRR) from Union Gas merge into a new offering called Home Efficiency Rebate (HER).

New Rebate Information

Benchmarking Help Centre to assist Ontario building owners with energy reporting

MP Deb Schulte, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources visits Windfall Centre for the launch of the Benchmarking Help Centre. The new initiative, funded by Natural Resources Canada, assists commercial building owners in lowering operating costs as they comply with Ontario's Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmark (EWRB) regulation.

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10 myths about carbon pricing

'Canadians want a serious plan to take action on climate change. And they deserve an honest discussion about our options. The facts are out there. Let's use them.'

Canada's Ecofiscal Commission releases new report to serve as a resource for Canadians who want to learn what the evidence says about carbon pricing and its impacts on emissions, the economy, affordability, and jobs.

The 10 Myths

Windfall conducts internal waste audit

New target of 85% waste diversion set for end of 2020

ClimateWise Business Network is happy to announce that our waste reduction and diversion framework is now available online. Coinciding with the framework launch, our team conducted a waste audit at the Windfall Centre. We have a waste diversion rate of 74%, higher than the regional average of 62%. We are setting an ambitious target to have an 85% waste diversion rate by the end of 2020.

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Agenda 2030 Systemic Finance Opportunities

Windfall Ecology Centre, in partnership with the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, and Possibilian Ventures, is conducting a landscape analysis on how finance understands and responds to systemic transformation. The purpose of the project is to inform development of Canada's Agenda 2030 National Strategy which is to be released later this year.

Press Release

Canada Agenda 2030

Goodbye cold drafts, hello warm house

Lower energy bills, improved comfort and healthier living

Windfall is now scheduling FREE Home Winterproofing assessments for qualifying residents in Durham, Peterborough, and York Region. If you are an Enbridge gas customer, your home is older than 1980 and you are receiving financial assistance, we want to hear from you!

For more details and to apply online

Electric vehicle owners can get paid to sell electricity back to grid

Electric vehicle owners in Ontario may one day be able to use the electricity in their EVs instead of loud diesel or gas generators to provide emergency power during blackouts. They could potentially also sell back the energy in their cars to the grid when needed.

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UN releases ambition gap report as COP26 talks enter week 2

Negotiations at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow have entered the second week, a technical week featuring intense deliberations on pathways to achieving global emission reduction goals. A United Nations preliminary analysis released Tuesday, November 9, 2021, shows a huge gap between nations' long-term decarbonization plans and their already submitted short-term plans.

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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.

Watch the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview

ClimateWise invites you to a celebration of achievement

Save the date for our virtual celebration, December 9

Join us on Thursday, December 9, 2021, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm as we toast to achievements in challenging times and recognize industry stakeholders for different milestones. Attendees at the event will be treated to entertaining performances by the lovely Donner Huber as Shania Twin, our co-host for the day.

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Highlights From COP 26 Conversations in Glasgow

Today is day five at the ongoing 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, and climate talks are in top gear. The summit, which kicked off October 31 to end November 12, has in attendance world leaders, countries' delegates, climate activists, major corporations, and others. Here are a few highlights from conversations so far. If you missed our opinion article on COP 26, you can find it here.

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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.

Watch the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview

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

Graham Seaman, P.Eng., LEED AP, CEM, the Director of Sustainability and Asset Management for the City of Markham joins day three of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview. Graham will discuss the municipal energy plan and long-term vision to reach net zero by 2050.

Watch the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview

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

All Eyes on 2021 United Nations COP 26 in Glasgow

Fair Share Concept will steer negotiations in the right direction

Activities are in full swing at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, where nations have converged for renewed negotiations and submission of increased climate action commitments called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

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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. The ClimateWise Challenge is an initiative of our ClimateWise Business Network program.

Watch the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview

Greater Toronto Green Building Council

November is Radon Action Month

Radon exposure is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers

Learn about radon and have your home tested

Radon is a naturally occurring odourless, tasteless, and invisible radioactive gas that is present in all homes in Canada. It is important to test the radon level in your home as high radon levels can be a risk to the health of you and your family. Health Canada has a number of free resources available.

Learn more

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 week-long 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

Seven climate pledges Canada made at UN COP 26

The curtain finally fell on the much-talked-about 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) on Saturday, November 13. For fourteen days, countries across the globe, including Canada, had their leaders, delegates, and climate activists in Glasgow negotiating climate terms and setting new emission reduction targets.

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York Region buildings need to bridge energy performance gap

When it comes to energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, commercial buildings in York Region are underperforming their provincial counterparts, 2019 benchmarking data released in 2020 from the Ontario Ministry of Energy Northern Development and Mines has revealed. Read More.

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Celebrating the launch of 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 week-long 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. The ClimateWise Challenge is an initiative of our ClimateWise Business Network program.

Visit the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview

The Home Energy Retrofit Dashboards are live

See the role home energy retrofits can play in tackling the climate crisis

Created with data from over 400,000 EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluations

The Home Retrofit Performance Dashboards are designed to virtually assess energy retrofit performance, identify trends, segment marketing opportunities and benchmark progress at the neighbourhood level. The interactive dashboards are created in cooperation with Natural Resources Canada and display the progress our communities are making in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the EnerGuide for Houses program.

Access the dashboards

Canadians want Trudeau to deliver on climate action swiftly

New poll reveals Canadians' frustration over Liberal Government climate action delays

Inspired by the No More Delays campaign, which calls for urgent climate action from the Federal Government, a new poll released on October 14, 2021, shows that the majority of Canadians are frustrated and need the new Liberal government to step up climate action in the first 100 days in office. According to the poll, 66% of Canadians want the Liberals to enact their platform's climate promises or even stronger climate policies.

The Poll

Limited time offer: Emergency Heating Replacement

The "no heat" for Home Efficiency Rebate customers is back

Available between October 15, 2020 to March 31, 2021

The Home Efficiency Rebate (HER) program has officially launched the Emergency Heating Replacement or "no heat" rule for customers who need immediate replacement of their natural gas furnace or boiler. This rule is available to all Enbridge customers who heat their homes with a natural gas furnace or boiler that also meet the HER program criteria. Contact a Windfall Home Energy representative for more information.

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More information on the "no heat" rule

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