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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Environment and Climate Change Canada submitted Canada's Eighth National Communication and Fifth Biennial Report on December 31, 2022 in accordance with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requirements. The report shows the real progress that Canada is making in recent years, fighting climate change while also building a strong economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Canada welcomes the world to the COP 15 (Conference of the Parties) biodiversity conference in Montreal, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, on Monday, December 12, 2022 announced an investment of $18.7 million in support of Scaling-up Nature-Based Leadership Platforms.
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.
The Government of Canada is continuing to invest in making life more affordable for families across the country by helping homeowners switch from expensive home heating oil to energy-efficient cold-climate heat pumps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
Just Green Cities is a research project addresses a core challenge Canadians face in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing the climate crisis, focusing on municipal infrastructure renewal. The research focused on three key areas: net-zero housing, fleet electrification and stormwater management.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
One of our Registered Energy Advisors, Violet Kopperson, received three awards for Energy Advisor excellence at Green Communities Canada's 2021 Advisor Recognition Awards! Violet also received the "Highest Carbon Reductions from Retrofits" award. Windfall Ecology Centre's Sarah Grant also received the "Single Deepest Retrofit" award of 2021.
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.
According to Statistics Canada‘s first survey of urban green spaces, cities across the country are getting greyer and browner. Researchers looked at 31 urban centres of various sizes and found about three-quarters of large and medium-sized cities were less green in 2019 than 20 years earlier. Using satellite imagery, StatCan estimated the amount of green space in Canadian cities, including parks, lawns, urban trees, and backyards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With more than 20 years leading environmental sustainability programs and supporting communities within York Region, Windfall Ecology Centre is creating pathways to build back better through the launch of the ClimateWise Building Challenge.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The federal government announced a $72 million fund for small and medium businesses in Ontario to take climate action. The program will provide $20 000 to $250 000 to cover up to 25% of the costs of qualifying projects. Applications for funding are available on a first come, first serve basis until Oct 15, 2019.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Windfall Ecology Centre, in partnership with the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, and Possibilian Ventures, is conducting a landscape analysis on how finance understands and responds to systemic transformation. The purpose of the project is to inform development of Canada's Agenda 2030 National Strategy which is to be released later this year.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graham Seaman, P.Eng., LEED AP, CEM, the Director of Sustainability and Asset Management for the City of Markham joins day three of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview. Graham will discuss the municipal energy plan and long-term vision to reach net zero by 2050.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catch all the fun and exciting moments from the unforgettable virtual ClimateWise 2021 Achievement Awards, held Thursday, December 9, 2021!
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.
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.
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.
Inspired by the No More Delays campaign, which calls for urgent climate action from the Federal Government, a new poll released on October 14, 2021, shows that the majority of Canadians are frustrated and need the new Liberal government to step up climate action in the first 100 days in office. According to the poll, 66% of Canadians want the Liberals to enact their platform's climate promises or even stronger climate policies.
The 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.