Windfall 2017 News Archives

2017 News Archives

ClimateWise partners with Faith & The Common Good

Linking business and spirituality for a greener future

ClimateWise and Faith & The Common Good are joining together to assist faith-based communities in achieving their sustainability goals. FCG believes that galvanizing faith groups and their communities into sustainability role models is crucial for a healthier Canada.

Learn more about FCG

Ontario offering thousands in energy rebates

It's time to renovate your home for energy efficiency

The Green Ontario Fund, which is provincially funded through the cap-and-trade program will begin offering new rebates for home energy retrofits and efficiency upgrades. This will make it easier and more affordable for tenants and homeowners to make sustainable choices for their home improvements.

Read the full article

Slipping progress on the pan-Canadian climate plan

Implementation timelines put Canada's clean growth ambitions at risk

Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change contains over 50 new climate growth measures. The climate plan is a turning point in Canada's response to climate change. Provincial and Territorial governments need accelerated action to meet timelines on each climate growth measure.

Read the full report

Free parent talk on healthy eating

Good Bites for Little Tummies

Monday, December 11th, 2017 6 - 8:30pm

Aurora Cultural Centre, Brevik Hall

Attend a FREE talk and dinner for parents of pre-school- and toddler-aged kids sponsored by Healthy Kids Community Challenge Aurora. Learn about their nutritional needs and tips to explore the colourful world of healthy eating together. Register online to secure your free ticket.

For details and registration

Leaders' Sustainability Forum a SUCCESS

Thank you to all of our supporters!

Thank you to all those who attended the Leaders' Sustainability Forum on November 30. The evening was filled with great food, conversation and a lively panel discussion. Check out the event photos on our Facebook page.

Facebook page

Win a Ninja blender and food processor

#ChooseToBoostVeggiesAndFruit photo contest

From now until midnight Dec 20th 2017, post a photo of your favourite meal or snack made by you that celebrates your favourite veggies and fruit. Post your photo onto FB, Twitter or Instagram with the name of your tasty creation and include #ChooseToBoostVeggiesAndFruit and tag us @fitkidsaurora.

See contest poster for details

Sustainability Leaders Unite!

The York Region Leaders Sustainability Forum is coming

ClimateWise Business Network is proud to launch the York Region Leaders Sustainability Forum. It brings together business leaders from across the Region to share perspectives on emerging trends and opportunities that will impact your business. Come out and network with local business professionals over delicious appetizers and drinks.

More information

The CMHC Green Home program

A home energy assessment could save you money on your mortgage loan insurance premium

Energy efficiency improvements to your home may qualify you for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Green Home premium refund. The CMHC Green Home program provides a mortgage loan insurance premium refund of up to 25% to borrowers who either buy, build or renovate for energy efficiency.

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Red house-green house, does your Realtor know?

A webinar series on home energy ratings

November 28, 2017, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Transformative change is happening in the home energy market in Ontario. Emerging now, is a complete revamp of the residential energy efficiency sector. Join the Windfall Centre and special guests as we explore the opportunities, challenges and business case for home energy ratings in Ontario.

Register here

ClimateWise team grows again

Welcome aboard Nicole Doray

As a Master's student in sustainable business at the Schulich School of Business, Nicole brings over seven years of experience in project management and community development to her role at ClimateWise. She will focus on research, business development and member engagement.

Windfall Centre hosts Depave Event in Aurora

Creating more greenspace for students at Holy Spirit CES

There's a little less pavement at Holy Spirit CES after Windfall Centre held a Depave Event last Thursday. School staff, students, and parents removed 150m2 of pavement from the school's Kindergarten yard using their hands and pry bars, making way for native trees, shrubs, plants, and outdoor classroom space.

Follow the project

Winter rules for broken furnaces

New rules for audits to save you from being left in the cold

The replacement of a broken furnace could qualify you for a $1,600 rebate. Program assessments may now be completed within three weeks of an emergency furnace replacement to save you from waiting in a no-heat situation.

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EcoFair at the Barns

Sunday, November 5 from 11am-4pm

Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto, ON

The Toronto EcoFair is a family event aiming to inspire sustainable choices you can make for your home and community. Visit our booth to learn about the Home Energy Conservation Program and eligible upgrades and incentives. Speak to our Energy Specialist for a chance to win a FREE energy assessment.

Learn more about energy conservation

Driving to Sustainability

Webinar on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Drive into the world of green vehicles. Learn how incorporating electric, hybrid or natural gas vehicles in your fleet can benefit your organization. There will be presentations from FleetCarma and the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance.

View ClimateWise events page

Holy Spirit CES joins growing Depave movement

Aurora school to remove pavement, plant trees and green space

On Thursday October 19th, Windfall Centre and Holy Spirit CES are hosting a Depave Event to transform the school's paved Kindergarten yard into vibrant green space. Staff, students, and parents will remove 130m2 of pavement by hand (and pry-bar) that will be replaced with native trees, shrubs, and gardens.

Follow along with the project

Join us on October 17th at the Bill Fisch Centre

Admission is free and space is limited

Denis Poncelet, the York Region Project Engineer will provide an overview of the building's green features, opportunities and challenges including lessons learned during building construction and operations. A light breakfast and physical tour of the building will be provided.

Register today

General Motors plans for an "all electric future"

20 new electric vehicles to be released by 2023

Automotive giant General Motors announced the fast-approaching end to internal combustion vehicles by committing to a zero-emissions future. Plans for two new electric cars will be available for purchase by 2018.

Read article here

Is Jack Frost knocking at your windows?

Prep your home against the chills of Winter

If the Winter chill is seeping into your home, maybe it is time for a Home Energy Assessment by one of our Registered Home Energy Experts. They will show you how to improve the comfort of your home, reduce heating and cooling costs, and access available grants and incentives.

Learn about Windfall Home Energy Solutions

Harvest Festival celebrates Ontario's diversity

The outdoor family event was held on Sunday, September 24th

Windfall Harvest Festival

People from near and far ventured into Sheppard's Bush on the sunny fall day to take part in Windfall Center's celebration of Ontario's food, land and people. Thank you to Ontario 150 and Healthy Kids Community Challenge for making it possible and to all the exhibitors, special guests, volunteers, community partners and attendees for making it such a special and successful event.

Countdown to the Windfall Harvest Festival

Sunday, September 24th from 11am-5pm

Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area

Only three days until we celebrate Ontario's food, land and people together right here in Sheppard's Bush. This free family outdoor event includes cooking demos, First Nations performances, kids activities, workshops, food vendors and more. Connect with the great outdoors and what our community has to offer.

Festival lineup and details

The Windfall Centre team is growing

Introducing the new intrepid staff members

image of new staff at Windfall

This month Windfall Centre welcomes (from left to right) Jacqueline Tung as the Events and Communications Coordinator, Kirthan Sathananthan as the Marketing and Member Services Coordinator for ClimateWise Business Network and Alanna Sheehan as the Energy Efficiency Specialist.

Green Energy Doors Open at Windfall Centre

Learn about local sustainability initiatives

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Visit Windfall Ecology Centre during Green Energy Doors Open and Windfall Harvest Festival to get a first-hand look at the application of solar energy, rain barrels, sustainable transportation, and wood gasification boiler.

Green Energy Doors Open events

News flash, your house is cold

It's time for an Energy Assessment

If those winter blues are starting to sink in, let Windfall Centre help to lift your spirits with a Home Energy Assessment. Learn how to restore comfort to your home with one of our Registered Home Energy Experts. Together, you can banish drafty rooms and relight the warmth in your smile.

Learn more here

Electric school buses are coming to Ontario

$8 million to be invested in the Electric School Bus Pilot Program

Your kids may be hopping on and off of electric school buses this school year. The program is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and scheduled to run from December 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018. School bus operators that provide service in Ontario can apply for funding.

Read article here

Ontario launches the Green Ontario Fund

New fund will help people save money and fight climate change

The Green Ontario Fund - a new not-for-profit provincial agency ​- will deliver programs and rebates to help reduce energy costs in homes and businesses. Windfall Centre is a delivery agent for a number of these programs within the Greater Toronto Area, York Region and Durham Region.

For more information about the programs that Windfall Centre delivers, please visit our Energy Page.

Learn about the Green Ontario Fund

Power Boost Menu launched at local rec centres

Pilot project offers fresh and healthy options

Healthy Kids and the Town of Aurora have partnered to pilot the Power Boost Menu that gives families access to more vegetables and fruit as part of their meals and snacks. The menu is available from August until the end of October.

Read article here

The Sheppard House opened its doors to the public

Windfall Centre participated in the annual Doors Open Aurora event

Open Doors Aurora at Windfall Centre

History buffs, architecture enthusiasts and weekend wanderers were delighted to explore and learn about the history of the Sheppard House and family. Kids played and activated their creativity in our Nature Play Pop-Up and enjoyed fruit smoothies blended by pedal-power. Thank you to all those who came out!

Step into the past at the Sheppard House

Join us for Doors Open Aurora and our Nature Play Pop Up

Saturday, August 19th from 10am-4pm

Windfall Ecology Centre

Sheppard House

Explore the 1920's Charles Henry Sheppard House and grounds with guided tours at 1pm and 3pm. Kids can engage in creative outdoor play and get messy in the Healthy Kids adventure playground from 12-4pm. Test your pedal power with our bike-powered smoothie blender!

Event details

MPP Chris Ballard steps in as environment minister

Mini-cabinet shuffle announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne

Newmarket-Aurora MPP Chris Ballard will lead Ontario's fight against climate change as the new minister of environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and overseeing the province's transition to a low-carbon economy.

Read article here

Windfall Centre is hiring

Looking for experience in energy efficiency, events and sales

Windfall Ecology Centre is hiring for two programs, Energy Efficiency and the ClimateWise Business Network. Windfall will be looking at bringing on an Energy Efficiency Specialist for the Energy Program, a Marketing and Sales Coordinator for ClimateWise and an Events and Communications Coordinator to support both ClimateWise and Windfall.

See all three job postings

Windfall hosts GHG target setting workshop

All Founding Members of ClimateWise in attendance

Setting a sustainability target is the first step in tracking and moving forward with your green objectives. On June 29th, ClimateWise hosted a workshop for its Founding Members on how to set a carbon emissions target and how to determine what a relevant target looks like for your team.

Benefits of joining ClimateWise

Harry French joins ClimateWise team

Harry French joins as the new Manager of ClimateWise

The ClimateWise Business Network is pleased to introduce Harry French as the Manager, ClimateWise Business Network (CBN). Their members' ability to stay competitive in a changing business climate is critical; Harry will draw his experience to facilitate them through a target-setting process to meet this goal.

Read more here

Healthy Kids #spotthecarrot summer photo contest

Win a 2-month Local Food Box prize

Spot Healthy Kids and Carrot at Aurora events all through summer

Spot the Carrot Contest

To enter, take a photo with Carrot, post it on Facebook or Twitter with #spotthecarrot and tag us @fitkidsaurora. Follow us to find out where Carrot will appear next. Happy snacking and snapping!

Contest poster and details

2017 Green Communities Award winners announced

Helen Doyle receives award for Outstanding Board Person

The GC Awards were announced at Green Communities Canada's Annual General Meeting on June 19. Helen Doyle has served as Board Secretary on the Windfall Ecology Centre Board of Directors for 14 years and was recognized for her leading role in guiding the strategic direction of the organization.

New incentives for home energy upgrades

Electrically heated homes are eligible for an additional $4,000

Qualified home owners can now earn up to $6,355 in incentives for making eligible energy efficiency improvements to their homes through the Enbridge Home Energy Conservation Program. Additional incentives are now available for electrically heated homes.

Find out how you can participate

Healthy Kids' Veggie & Fruit Pop-Up debuts

Open Streets Aurora gives way for pedestrians

Climatewise Founding Members

Activate Aurora's Open Streets Aurora closed off downtown roads to make way for walking, dancing, basketball, badminton, and a whole lot of fun. Healthy Kids unveiled their mobile Veggie & Fruit Pop-Up alongside Carrot the mascot to give away healthy snacks and remind kids to eat veggies and fruit every day!

Upcoming Healthy Kids events

ClimateWise celebrates Founding Members

Evening of Recognition celebration for business sustainability

Climatewise Founding Members

The ClimateWise Business Network's first Annual Evening of Recognition was a fantastic success, with members and supporters of ClimateWise, as well as community leaders in business sustainability, celebrating the achievements and growth of the network since its 2016 launch. Thank you to keynote speaker David Miller and Platinum Event Sponsor KPMG for their support!

More on ClimateWise Business Network

Rain barrel sale extended

Order by Tuesday, June 6

Pick-up Saturday, June 10 (10:am to 2:pm)

You now have until Tuesday, June 6 to take advantage of our great savings on rain barrels. Order online today. Pick-up Saturday, June 10 (10:am to 2:pm) at Windfall Ecology Centre in Aurora.

Order Rain Barrels online

Map and directions to Windfall Centre

Windfall Centre receives Aurora's Green Award

Town of Aurora's 2017 Community Recognition Awards held last night

Windfall Centre's Managing Director Jen Atkinson accepting Aurora's Green Award

Windfall Ecology Centre was honoured with the 2017 Green Award last night at Aurora Town Hall. The award recognizes Windfall Centre's programs that are leading the way in creating a greener community.

See more Windfall awards

MPP Chris Ballard visits Windfall Centre

Province supporting climate action in Newmarket-Aurora

MPP Chris Ballard at Windfall Centre

MPP Chris Ballard at Windfall Centre to talk about Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and to recognize the great work ClimateWise Business Network is doing. ClimateWise has engaged almost 6500 members of the York Region business community in reducing their carbon emissions so far.

Read The Auroran article

ClimateWise webinar open for registration

The Global Adjustment Charge and how it impacts businesses

Thursday, May 18th, 10am - 11am on

Join us for an improved understanding of the Global Adjustment charge on your electricity bill and the steps you need to take before the June 15th deadline. Hosted by ClimateWise Business Network, in partnership with the IESO and Energy@Work.

Event details and registration

Windfall Centre and Healthy Kids at the Eco Festival

Festival drew families eager to connect with local environmental initiatives

Windfall Ecology Centre at the Aurora Eco Festival

On Saturday, April 29th, Windfall Centre and Healthy Kids took part in Aurora's Eco Festival at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex. Families took away inspiration for how to save energy, harness rain water and some great prizes. Healthy Kids gave away 300 pieces of fruit to eager and happy kids and families.

Choose to boost veggies and fruit

Healthy Kids Community Challenge takes on a new focus

From now until the end of 2017, Healthy Kids communities across Ontario will be focusing their efforts on helping kids eat more veggies and fruit. In Aurora, look out for a variety of food-focused initiatives, projects and events.

Full details

Aurora's Eco Festival

Saturday, April 29th, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Stronach Aurora Recreation Centre

Bring your families to this free Town of Aurora event sponsored by Healthy Kids and Windfall Centre. Test out an electric vehicle, explore booths from local environmental organizations, get your hands into fun kids activities, receive a free tree sapling, and take in a guest seminar. Come visit us at our booth!

See event details

ClimateWise Evening of Recognition

Wednesday, May 31st, 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre, North York

Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre

Join ClimateWise in celebrating sustainability leadership at the first annual Evening of Recognition. The special event will now be held at the brand new Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in North York with keynote speaker David Miller, President and CEO of WWF-Canada. Come for electric vehicle test drives, celebrate sustainability leadership and network over food and drinks.

Event details and registration

ClimateWise is hiring

Program Manager - ClimateWise Business Network

May start date

The ClimateWise Business Network is hiring a Program Manager to oversee the operations and development of the program. Duties involve coaching members with sustainability projects, managing program staff and championing sustainability within the business community in York Region.

Full details

Funding energy efficiency projects

Lunch seminar at Vaughan City Hall

Families celebrate March Break at Windfall

ClimateWise Business Network, in partnership with Enbridge and the City of Vaughan, hosted a lunch seminar at Vaughan City Hall on Tuesday, March 28th about funding sources available to subsidize the cost of energy efficiency projects. The sold-out event featured speakers from Enbridge and Alectra, and was well attended by members of the York Region business community.

Learn more: ClimateWise Business Network

Windfall Ecology Centre is hiring

Energy Advisor

Training available

If you are a Certified Energy Advisor or Registered Energy Advisor, a renovator or contractor, or if you have specialized knowledge about building science or energy-efficient building practices, you may wish to investigate the possibility of becoming a residential energy efficiency advisor.

Full details

Windfall Ecology Centre's rain barrel sale is back

Order discounted rain barrels online now

Rain barrels are an excellent way to collect free rainwater for future use on gardens and lawns. Using them helps slow down the flow of stormwater on your property and keeps our local waterways clean. Orders must be placed by Friday June 2nd and picked up on Saturday June 10th between 10:00am - 2:00pm at Windfall Ecology Centre, Aurora. Prices begin at $60 per barrel.

Order rain barrels on-line

Nature Play Pop Up a tasty success

Families celebrate March Break at Windfall Centre

Families celebrate March Break at Windfall

On Saturday, March 18th, we welcomed over 180 people to Sheppard's Bush for a day of outdoor play to cap off the March Break. Kids guided themselves through the adventure playground and explored the walking trails. Families also enjoyed maple taffy treats made on the spot. What a great way to celebrate active play, the great outdoors, maple syrup season, and community.

See photos from snapd Aurora

New Windfall festival announcement

Celebrating Diversity: Food, Land and People

Coming Sunday, September 24, 2017

Windfall Executive Director Brent Kopperson with Ontario Minister of Housing, Chris Ballard, MPP, at the announcement of a new Windfall festival
Windfall Executive Director Brent Kopperson (left) with Ontario Minister of Housing, Chris Ballard, MPP — at the announcement of a new Windfall festival.

Windfall Ecology Centre throws open its doors for a new fall festival... but 2017 is no ordinary year. This fall, we celebrate 150 years of Canada's diverse natural heritage: Food, Land and People.

Read the full story in The Auroran

Funding Energy Efficiency Projects

ClimateWise free lunch seminar

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Noon-2pm

Vaughan City Hall, MPR Room

New funding is available to subsidize the cost of energy efficiency projects. This event will help business owners and financial managers understand the business case for energy efficiency and sustainability, and learn how to fund their projects.

Event details and registration

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Constructing Our Future with Low-Carbon Buildings

Building retrofits and new construction innovation can cut carbon pollution

Policy-makers should look to energy-efficient buildings as low-cost and effective opportunities to meet our 2030 and 2050 targets for reducing carbon pollution. Two strategies include creating a retrofit strategy for building improvements as well as design and construction standards for high energy-efficient new builds.

Read the article

Making Sustainability Work for SMEs

ClimateWise blog series on sustainability and small business

The ClimateWise Business Network is publishing a series of blogs addressing the barriers to entry for sustainability projects experienced by SMEs, the support that exists to implement and monitor projects, and the benefits and returns typically seen when projects are completed.

Read the blog posts

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Nature Play Pop Up

Messy mucky adventure playground

Saturday, March 18th, 2017, 1-4pm

Windfall Ecology Centre

Let your kids engage in self-guided active play. Drop into our FREE Nature Play Pop Up and give them the chance to play outdoors. See how they explore, build, and create on their own. There will be maple taffy treats to celebrate the maple syrup season. It's going to be a muddy and sticky good time.

Event details and RSVP

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CME SMART Fund Seminar

ClimateWise Business Network to Present

Thursday, March 8th, 2017, 8:30-10:30am

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre

Learn about the new CME SMART Green funding program for Ontario manufacturers at this free breakfast event exploring who can apply for funding, what types of projects are eligible and how to apply. ClimateWise has been invited as a special guest and will be presenting a case study on how manufacturers can benefit from sustainability.

Event details and Registration

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