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Efficiency Canada is hosting a FREE webinar on 'The Windfall Protocol', a groundbreaking blockchain-based project developed by Windfall Ecology Centre, Possibilian, BlockScience, and SuperBenefit. This game-changing infrastructure will facilitate energy efficiency labelling and data sharing for residential and commercial buildings to accelerate building retrofits.

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Canada invests $3M in climate change adaptation research

Two McGill-led climate change mitigation projects receive funding

On Monday June 3 ,2024, more than $92 million in funding through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) to support 165 Canadian-led research projects through two initiatives: the 2023 International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and the 2023 Exploration competition, was announced.

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Ontario's carbon emissions jump back to pre-pandemic levels

New figures show Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions jumped for a second straight year, following a pandemic-induced plunge, and have risen back to the level they were before Premier Doug Ford's government came to power.

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Windfall Centre’s rain barrel sale is back!

Now in York and Durham Region

Enjoy Great Savings on Rain Barrels for as low as $65 and Grow Healthy Rain Gardens

Order online, get it delivered to your door!

Windfall Centre's fundraising rain barrel sale is back again. This year, sales have been extended to Durham Region. Enjoy free home delivery on all rain barrels and accompanying accessories to all of York and Durham Region! A flat fee of $20 will be charged if only accessories are purchased. Delivery begins the week of June 17, 2024

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New report reveals climate change will make you poorer

An estimated 19% drop in global income over just the next 26 years looms

According to the United Nations, the world is heading toward a gain of nearly 3 degrees of global warming in the next century, even with current climate policies and goals – and researchers say individuals could bear the economic burden. The researchers said financial pain in the short-term is inevitable, even if governments ramp up their efforts to tackle the crisis now.

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Ottawa cuts funds for energy retrofits, pledges more for housing

The federal budget will include a multi-billion-dollar plan to “solve the housing crisis” by delivering 3.87 million new homes by 2031, but reduce total funding for energy retrofits compared to the former Canada Greener Homes grant program.

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MPs visit Windfall Centre ,talk climate policies, green retrofits

On Friday, March 15, 2024, the Windfall Centre team had the pleasure of having Member of Parliament, Aurora — Oak Ridges — Richmond Hill, Ontario, Leah Taylor Roy, Member of Parliament for Newmarket — Aurora, Tony Van Bynen, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Adam van Koeverden at the Windfall Centre office. During the visit, environmental policies and green retrofits were discussed.

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Canada, FCM boost Nova Scotia Home Energy Program

Today, March 14, 2024, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and Scott Pearce, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), announced an investment of $9.5 million through the Green Municipal Fund to expand the Clean Foundation's Clean Energy Financing program in Nova Scotia.

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BREAKING: Greener Homes Grants in chaos, layoffs begin

Advocates urge Minister Wilkinson to restore the program

With Canada’s home retrofit industry in chaos, consumers abandoning ship, and emissions in housing still falling far too slowly, two separate sign-on letters are urging Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to restore funding for the popular Canada Greener Homes grant program.

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Durham Region launches the Durham Greener Buildings Program

The groundbreaking 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 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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Must Watch: Beware of false solutions to climate change

Environmental Defence brings awareness to false solutions to climate crisis

Big Oil Oil & gas companies want $billions for carbon capture & hydrogen – two false solutions to the climate crisis that won’t do much to reduce emissions but will allow the industry to continue to pump out polluting fossil fuels.

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GCC releases Collective Impact Report for 2022-2023

In 2022, Green Communities Canada (GCC) worked with its 22 member organizations which includes Windfall Centre, to establish key metrics that could be collectively shared for the purpose of delivering equitable climate solutions that address the vulnerabilities and opportunities in their communities.

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Lower your home energy bills with a heat pump

Durham Greener Homes' new incentives promote heat pumps affordability

Energy-conscious homeowners are constantly looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their energy bills and get the most out of their home retrofit upgrades. If you're one of them, there are several reasons why you should consider a heat pump.

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Government to establish next phase of Greener Homes Grant

The initiative will help more Canadians save on their energy bills

Building on the success of the program and in response to evolving needs, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that the federal government will establish a new phase of the Canada Greener Homes Initiative.

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Canada launches new Indigenous climate action fund

The Canadian government has launched a new program that will dole out up to $180 million to support Indigenous-owned and led renewable energy, energy efficiency, and low-carbon heating projects. The Indigenous Leadership Fund was developed in collaboration with First Nations representatives, Inuit organizations, and Métis governments, Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a news release.

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Government begins climate change public engagement process

Public opinion will inform Canada's 2035 national GHG emissions target

On Friday, February 2, Environment and Climate Change Canada launched a public engagement process to hear the opinions of Canadians and Indigenous peoples across the country to inform setting Canada's 2035 national greenhouse gas emissions target. This important step is mandated under the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act and Canada’s international obligations under the Paris Agreement.

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Canada’s universities collaborate on climate action

The initiative aims to collectively mitigate the impacts of climate change

Canadian academic institutions have come together in a landmark effort to collaboratively develop net-zero energy solutions, opportunities and actions in support of a low-carbon economy, climate adaptation and resilience. The Canada’s universities: Action for net zero initiative, organized by Universities Canada, aims to marshal the collective efforts of its member institutions to effectively mitigate and address climate change and its impacts.

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Canada unveils next phase for methane excellence centre

Today, March 11, 2024, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, officially launched Canada's Methane Centre of Excellence and an associated call for proposals for methane emissions measurement and mitigation projects.

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Canada leads global Lithium-Ion battery supply chain

Strong ESG credentials, other factors push Canada to number one spot

Canada has overtaken China for the top spot in BloombergNEF’s (BNEF’s) Global Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Chain Ranking, an annual assessment that rates 30 countries on their potential to build a secure, reliable, and sustainable lithium-ion battery supply chain. This marks the first time China has not claimed the number one position.

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Halton Hills says no to a big new gas plant!

The decision is a real blow to the IESO’s efforts to expand fossil gas burning

While world leaders in Dubai grapple to sign an agreement on fossil fuel phase-out or phase-down, Halton Hills Town Council showed local leadership on Monday, December 11. In a 9-2 decision, the Council acted in the best interests of residents and the planet rather than taking the $3.5 million in public money OPG had offered the Council to buy into its polluting plan.

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Low Funding limit gains from Canada Greener Homes Program

A survey of building retrofits under the Canada Greener Homes program says funding limits are holding homeowners back from more extensive energy efficiency improvements, just as national polling shows an overwhelming majority of Canadians looking for relief on their home heating bills.

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National Observer launches Climate Finance Scholarship Contest

Change Course, Stand.earth and Canada’s National Observer have launched the first annual Climate Finance Scholarship Contest—an opportunity for young people across Canada to share their voices and visions for climate justice in the financial sector. The Climate Finance Scholarship Contest is open to people aged 18 to 30 in Canada. Submissions deadline Sunday, March 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Government plans plastics registry in environmental push

The government hopes that the Canada-wide plastics registry will encourage companies to salvage waste plastic and reimburse Canadians and retailers for recycling, CBC News: The National reports. The plan involves tracking everything from food and beverage containers to household appliances, car tires and even clothing.

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Greener Homes grant update

Ottawa says it will have news soon on the future of the program

A federal government source reveals an announcement is expected early this week. Brent Kopperson, the executive director and founder of Windfall Ecology Centre who spoke on the current status of the Greener Homes grant said; "The pausing of the federal program, it's also created a pause on Ontario's provincial program, which is funded by ratepayers, which is unfortunate."

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COP28: Fossil phaseout urgent, 1.5°C overshoot inevitable

Climate Scientists tell COP28 Negotiators

The year’s top insights from climate science draw a familiar but urgent conclusion: that every pathway to holding global warming to the 1.5°C target in the 2015 Paris agreement depends on phasing out fossil fuels. That was the conclusion of a weekend media briefing with a team of climate scientists.

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Ottawa's green grants program is running out of money

The popular homeowners program is spending its budget faster than expected

Windfall Centre's Executive Director, Brent Kopperson, who spoke with CBC News on the implication of the current reality of the program, said the program's current plight feels like déjà vu. He pointed out that the previous federal government pulled the plug on a similarly popular ecoEnergy home retrofit program in 2012.

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Canada to announce all new cars must be zero emissions by 2035

Canada expects to announce this week that all new cars will have to be zero emissions by 2035, a senior government source said, as Ottawa is set to unveil new regulations in the latest example of countries around the world pushing for electrification. The new rules, known as the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard, would help ensure supply is available to the Canadian market and shorten wait times to get an electric vehicle.

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COP28 summit: Canada to announce new methane strategy

The new rules will be a crucial part of Ottawa’s COP28 climate plan

Canadian government is set to announce new rules and funding around methane. The new rules will be a crucial part of Ottawa’s COP28 climate plan. About 200 countries will gather in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December 2023 for the COP28 meeting, which will explore more forceful action against climate change.

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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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Green Communities Canada releases new home retrofit report

The report recommends bigger incentives to promote deep energy retrofits

Titled ‘Retrofitting Canada's Homes: Progress Report #1’ the document shares the importance of promoting deep energy retrofits and the need for more incentives, the new report by Green Communities Canada(GCC) makes recommendations to help Canada meet its GHG emission goals. Read Full News Release

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Canada, major fossil-fuel producers failing climate targets

New report warns that this puts the world’s energy transition at risk

The 2023 Production Gap report says the countries are planning to produce 110 per cent more fossil fuels in 2030 than is consistent with keeping global warming to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels, and 69 per cent more fossil fuels than what's in line with a target of 2 C.

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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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Canada to pause carbon tax on home heating oil for three years

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week Thursday announced a three-year carbon tax exemption for home heating oil and higher carbon tax rebates for people in rural areas, measures he said were intended to bring relief amid soaring costs of living.

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Business leaders increasingly see importance 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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First Nations release climate strategy rooted in traditions

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on Wednesday, October 18 released its National Climate Strategy, putting a First Nations lens on the climate crisis by focusing more on language and cultural revitalization and a reciprocal relationship with the natural world.

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Government invests $12.5million in environmental literacy

The environmental literacy projects are aimed at young Canadians

As part of its long-term efforts to tackle climate change, the federal government is offering $12.5 million for environmental literacy projects aimed at young Canadians. The money will come from the federal Environmental Damages Fund, which redirects the money companies pay from court penalties and settlements to projects that repair environmental damage.

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Canada’s greenhouse gas emission up 2.1 per cent from last year

New data from the Canadian Climate Institute published last week Thursday shows that emissions from the oil and gas industry and buildings continued to climb in the previous year, undercutting Canada's overall emissions reduction progress

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Check out these home energy-saving tips for fall

Fall officially began on Saturday, September 23 at 2:50 a.m. EDT, and we've highlighted some home energy saving tips to help you enjoy an energy-efficient home this season.

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CAC 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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Minister Guilbeault Presents Canada's Climate Ambition at UN

As Canadians continue to be impacted by the devastating effects of climate-related wildfires, floods, and extreme weather events this year, the Government of Canada is accelerating efforts to cut carbon pollution at the pace and scale needed to keep the 1.5°Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement within reach.

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Must Read: Canadian Heat Pump Myth Buster

Space and water heating in Canada account for most building emissions, both residential and commercial. Electrifying buildings will be essential to meet 2050 net-zero emissions targets. Heat pumps are an integral part of this solution, as they use electricity efficiently to heat and cool buildings while replacing fossil fuels. However, there are certain myths about heat pumps that must be debunked to increase their wide-spread acceptance.

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Heat pumps outperform gas even in coldest temperatures

New Study shows heat pumps are more efficient than gas heating

The study, published Monday, September 11 in the journal Joule, examined the efficiency of air-source heat pumps in sub-zero scenarios down to minus 10 degrees Celsius — “mild cold climates” similar to the populated coastal regions of British Columbia. The research was led by Canadian Duncan Gibb, a senior advisor at the Brussels-based Regulatory Assistance Project.

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UN report reveals rapidly closing climate action window

A new UN report reminds us why Canada must phase out fossil fuels

For the first time since the landmark Paris Agreement was signed, the United Nations has published an analysis of the world’s progress in cutting global greenhouse gas emissions and finds that although the window for action is quickly closing, solutions are well within reach.

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Canadians could save $10.4billion with heat pumps

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report receives.

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Canadians plan home renovations to boost climate resilience

The 2023 Aviva How We Live Report reveals that one in five Canadian households are prepared to make major renovations to their homes within the next 5-10 years to mitigate the risk from climate-related weather events.

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Durham Greener Homes receives national recognition

The Durham Greener Homes Program has received national recognition through a recent video released by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The video highlights the program and its innovative, third-party financing model that makes energy efficient home upgrades more accessible and affordable for homeowners.

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Must Watch: Greenbelt land-Use conflict in Ontario

A documentary by a Grade 7 and 8 Class

The documentary covers questions like what is the Ontario Greenbelt?, why is having protected land important? What is Bill 23? and why is the Greenbelt being developed?

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Environment minister defends Canada's climate progress

Amid a summer of severe wildfires and flooding, the federal environment minister expressed no concern over plans by a Norwegian energy company to drill for more oil off the coast of Newfoundland.

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Climate change spurs young people to seek sustainable careers

Some young adults are switching career paths to keep up with a changing world. Studying to become a social worker and passionate about working with youth and families, Julie Boyce was focusing on child welfare. Until, she says, she realized how "pressing" the issue of climate change is.

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Must Watch: Building the housing we need

Building Hope Webinar by The Alliance for a Liveable Ontario

The Alliance for a Liveable Ontario is making concerted efforts to solve the housing challenges facing us while protecting the environment from detrimental laws. In this webinar, they shared with participants what can be done to solve the housing challenges facing us while protecting the environment.

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Canada plans to finalize emissions cap by mid-2024

On Thursday, July 27, 2023 Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault told Reuters that Canada will likely publish the final regulations of a plan to cap and cut greenhouse gases from the oil and gas sector by mid-2024.

Plans to finalize emissions cap

Canada fulfills climate pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies

On Monday, July 24, 2023, the Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, released the Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies Government of Canada Self‑Review Assessment Framework and the Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies Government of Canada Guidelines, which were jointly developed by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Finance Canada

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We are hiring!

Position: Home Energy Customer Service Representative

Location: Aurora, Ontario

Start Date: July/August 2023

We are seeking an individual passionate about climate action to fill the Home Energy Customer Service Representative position. This is an entry level position, and training will include communications for climate action and sustainability programs, customer service, program details and delivery, job shadowing, and what’s involved in an energy evaluation.

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Canada raises the stakes on climate funding

Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault has announced that Canada is contributing $450 million to a fund to support developing countries in paying for climate action amid fears other wealthy nations will backslide.

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Windfall recognised at Aurora’s Annual Community Awards

Windfall Centre receives 2023 Green Award

The award recognizes individuals & organizations promoting environmental sustainability

Community builders including Windfall Centre were saluted as “the mortar that tightly binds the bricks of our community” on Monday evening, May 29 at Aurora’s annual Community Recognition Awards.

Aurora’s 2023 Community Awards

Understanding Heat Pump Benefits for Climate & Comfort Webinar

A Free webinar by Durham Greener Homes & STEP

Tuesday June 6, 2023 at 7:00 pm EST

This webinar by Durham Greener Homes and Toronto and Region Conservative Authority's Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) will delve into why they are one of the most raved-about home energy retrofit technologies.

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Windfall Centre's Rain Barrel Sale is on

Get rain barrels for as low as $65

Enjoy free home delivery on your rain barrel orders beginning the week of Monday, June 19, 2023. Free delivery covers tanks, barrels or composters and any accessories ordered with them. Orders of "accessories only" are subject to a flat $20 delivery fee.

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We are Hiring!

Program Co-ordinator, ClimateWise Business Network

Start Date- ASAP

Location- Aurora, Ontario (Hybrid)

The successful candidate will work alongside the ClimateWise Business Network Program Manager in overseeing all aspects of our business programs in York and Durham Regions.

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Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions rose by 1.8 per cent

Experts remain optimistic as emissions remain below pre-pandemic

The annual inventory of Canada's emissions for 2021, published Friday, April 14, 2023, showed emissions from all sources that year added up to 670 million tonnes. That's up from 659 million tonnes in 2020.

Canada's GHG Report

Carbon price increases to $65/tonne

Rebates will also rise for millions of households

Canada's national carbon price saw its largest hike yet on Saturday, Aril 1, 2023 when it jumped from $50 per tonne of emissions to $65. But the rebates millions of households receive to compensate them for the surcharge are also set to rise.

Carbon price hike details

Register for the free Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) webinar

Learn How to Access Rebates of up to $10,600

Date - January 17, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST

The new Home Efficiency Rebate Plus program, a partnership of Enbridge Gas and Canada's Greener Homes Grant, will help more Ontarians save energy at home. Join Windfall Centre, Reep Green Solutions and Green Venture at the Live Home Efficiency Rebate Plus program (HER+) Learning session.

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Enhanced Enbridge Home Efficiency Rebate Plus program goes live

Get up to $10,600 in Cash-back Rebates

Canada's federal government has partnered with Enbridge Gas to co-deliver the Canada Greener Homes rebates in Ontario. The Canada Greener Homes rebates and the provincial rebates have been combined into the Enbridge Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+).

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Durham Region launches Net Zero Renovations project

Durham Region and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) have partnered to launch the Towards Net Zero Renovations Project. Renovators, trades and other key retrofit stakeholders get access to industry leading building science training and both the CHBA Net Zero Builder and Renovator Training courses at no cost, valued at approximately $2,500.

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First Nations communities get climate action investments

Through initiatives like the Low Carbon Economy Fund, the Government of Canada continues to work with partners across the country to cut pollution and build strong, resilient communities, while creating good jobs and growing a sustainable, clean economy.

Climate Action in First Nation Communities

Canada unveils new climate change adaptation strategy

Canada’s first climate adaptation strategy, unveiled today, commits the federal government to new goals to prevent extreme heat deaths, reverse biodiversity loss and protect homes in flood- and wildfire-prone areas.

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Efficiency Canada releases 2022 energy efficiency scorecard

Check out how your province or territory stacks up

The Canadian Energy Efficiency Scorecard tracks provinces and territories on 54 metrics across energy efficiency programs, buildings, transportation and industry, and provides an overall score.

Canadian Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Ontario Power Generation plans new 300MW nuclear power

The BWRX-300 reactor at the centre of the initiative itself only exists as a design — what has been termed a “PowerPoint” reactor — of which no examples have actually been constructed, tested or operated. More widely, the announcement begs questions about how decisions around Ontario’s electricity system are being made.

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Homeowners to enjoy more energy efficiency heat pumps

Heat pumps offer an efficient alternative that can replace both your heating and cooling systems with great benefits. However, heat pumps aren’t ideal for everyone. If you are a Durham Homeowner, speak to a Durham Greener Homes Energy Coach for free to find out if a heat pump is right for your space.

Benefits of Heat Pumps

Experts predict higher home heating prices with gas furnace

Though winter has yet to arrive, bigger utility bills are another new cost facing Canadians already battered by months of inflation on food prices and many more goods and services. However, Windfall Ecology Centre's Energy Advisor, Violet Kopperson, says there are many things homeowner can do to cut down their gas bills without a great cost.

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Ontario expands energy efficiency to help cut energy Costs

Energy-efficiency programs will help the province meet power demand

The Ontario government is increasing funding for the province’s energy-efficiency programs by $342 million, bringing the total investment to more than $1 billion over the current four-year electricity conservation framework. This funding will support new and expanded programs that will help families and businesses reduce their electricity use so they can save money on their energy bills.

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2022 York Region Sustainability Awards winners unveiled

Celebrating Climate Action 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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California plans ban on natural gas furnaces and heaters by 2030

The Decision is part of California's effort to fight climate change

California is committing to a plan that will make it the first US state to phase out gas-fueled furnaces and water heaters in homes, a move environmentalists are betting will provide a template for other states.

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How to wean your house off natural gas

A practical guide to swapping your furnace (and A/C) for a heat pump

In the face of the mounting climate emergency and urgent calls from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to rapidly curtail the use of fossil fuels, governments and businesses are scrambling to spell out plans to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What’s also clear is that individuals and households must do much more to alter their own carbon footprints.

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Heat pumps proved themselves during a harsh Maine winter

The State of Maine has started educating residents about heat pumps

Heat pumps are incomprehensible to many people. How can a thing that looks like an air conditioner keep people warm in the winter? The state of Maine wants to install 100,000 heat pumps in the next 3 years and is off to a good start. 27,000 of them were installed by Maine residents last year.

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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 help 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

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 shows how ancient world adapted to climate change

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

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

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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Register for 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!

Learn how to help the environment and reduce your carbon footprint with key priority programs in Durham Region, such as the Durham Greener Homes Program, Canada Greener Homes Grant, and driving an electric vehicle!

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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

The fourth in the webinar series 'Better Understand your Energy Consumption and What is Driving your Energy Use' presented why submetering tenant spaces is a priority for both tenants and landlords. View Webinar 4 PDF.

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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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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

The third in the webinar series 'Green Leases: How to Achieve Cost Savings and Sustainability Goals' presented how innovative Green Leases can create win-win agreements for building owners and business tenants to benefit from environmentally friendly upgrades and behaviours. View Webinar 3 PDF. Register for Upcoming Webinars.

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Durham Region launches Durham Greener Homes

Windfall Centre to Deliver the Durham Greener Homes Program

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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Windfall's 2022 rain barrel fundraising sale is on

Our annual fundraising event is back with great savings on rain barrels. Prices start from $55 with various styles to choose from, including FREE home delivery. All accessories are available at great prices too! Please place your orders to support our fundraiser rain barrel sale. Delivery starts May 27, 2022!

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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

The second in the webinar series "Why Building Tenants Should be Thinking about Climate Risk" informs commercial building tenants (SMEs) on mitigating their cost and supply risks by being more climate knowledgeable .View Webinar 2 PDF. Register for Upcoming Webinars.

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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

Our second webinar informs commercial building tenants (SMEs) on mitigating their cost and supply risks by being more climate knowledgeable. In 2021 the City of Toronto advanced three big moves to decarbonize buildings in our City, including existing buildings, future construction, and the City's portfolio. These initiatives are an introduction to what other municipalities will be doing soon. More Details

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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

We are a licensed Service Organization under Natural Resources Canada and a leader in developing Energy Conservation Solutions for homes and businesses seeking a full time Registered Energy Advisor . The ideal candidate has a passion for working in the field of climate science and energy efficiency, enjoys data analysis, is an enthusiastic professional, and can build relationships with internal and external clients and stakeholders.

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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

The first in the webinar series "A Roadmap to Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction - Benefits for Your Business" delved into the influences and trends impacting businesses. The speakers gave insights into how commercial building tenants can collaborate with landlords to achieve a low carbon workplace, modernize lease arrangements, energy-efficient best practices and other important topics. PDF. Upcoming Webinars

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Just Green Cities discussion paper launched

Windfall Ecology Centre, Partners for Action and Possibilian Ventures partnered in early 2021 to explore and research three municipal infrastructure issues and their relevance to the SDGs, with focus on fleet electrification, stormwater management, and net-zero buildings. The extensive research produced the Just Green Cities Discussion Paper which will be launched on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST. 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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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

Green Communities Canada (GCC) is organizing a free five-part webinar series on floodplain mapping to share the learnings from a project led by Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and executed in partnership with GCC. The series will enable Indigenous communities and environmental professionals to develop their own floodplain mapping projects and explore successful protocols and effective partnership approaches. Learn more.

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Green economy Canada launches EV 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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Canada ranked second in the world for LEED certified buildings

Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) on Tuesday, February 9, 2022, announced that Canada ranked second globally on the annual list of Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED in 2021. In 2021, Canada certified 205 projects, representing more than 3.2 million gross square meters (GSM) of LEED space. LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings.

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Don't miss this webinar series for commercial building tenants

How reducing greenhouse gas emissions benefits your business

The free ClimateWise Building Challenge webinar series will provide your business with the tools and intelligence to take the needed action on climate change. The first in the series tagged; A Roadmap to Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction - Benefits for Your Business, will guide you in an understanding on the influences and trends that will impact your business operations.

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

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

Vancouver and Quebec recently banned certain kinds of fossil fuel-based heating in new home construction, CBC News reports. Similar-and, in some cases more extensive- bans are happening around the world, from Norway to New York City. The goal? To cut CO2 emissions from buildings by replacing fossil fuel burning with electric heating. But are such bans necessary? And what impact will they have on people who live in those cities? Here's a closer look.

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TAF launches $2million electric vehicle station fund

Get support and incentives for EV charging stations in the GTHA

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) has just launched $2million electric vehicle(EV) station fund. The fund is providing GTHA municipalities, multi-family building owners, businesses, and other organizations in the community with technical and financial support to install new EV charging stations on-street and in public and private lots. That means up to 300 new chargers in the region in the most challenging places to plug in.

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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 and their climate feats

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Greater Toronto Green Building Council

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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