York Region Business Taking Action on Climate Change

Toronto Waldorf School
Town of Newmarket
The Regional Municipality of York
Royal Envelope
Riverside Natural Foods
Big Brothers Big Sisters of York
Holy Trinity Thornhill
Irvine Generations
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
City of Markham
Faith & the Common Good
York Region Food Network
407 ETR
Tree Frog
Alectra Utilites
Reesor's Good Food
Hope House Community Hospice
Markham Fair
Brain Power
City of Vaughan
Toromont Cat
Man Brothers
Rouge River Farms

Climate Action Achievement Awards Announced!

A Celebration of Achievement in Challenging Times, featuring the amazing Shania Twain tribute act Shania Twin (Donna Huber), put the spotlight on York Region climate action leaders as ClimateWise Business Network announced the winners of the 2021 Climate Action Achievement Awards. Watch the video, join in the fun, and see who won...

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Hold the date - 2022 York Region Sustainability Awards

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

Details about Registration coming soon

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

ClimateWise Building Challenge Gains Momentum

In our second year post-launch, the ClimateWise Building Challenge has doubled its municipal number of buildings to a total of 118. The additions include fire halls, libraries, administrative offices and recreation complexes. York Region municipalities are really taking significant leaps toward climate action. More

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Highlights from Webinar 4

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

The fourth 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. Stay updated on upcoming webinars.

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Highlights from Webinar 3

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

The third 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. View Webinar 3 PDF. Register for Upcoming Webinars.

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Highlights from Webinar 2

A Webinar Series for Commercial Building Tenants

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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Mayor Bevilacqua Speaks on ClimateWise 2021 Award

City of Vaughan receives Mayors' Energy Challenge Advocate Award

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, during Council meeting, announced Vaughan's recognition at the ClimateWise 2021 Awards. 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

ClimateWise 2021 Awards

GEC Launches Electronic Vehicle 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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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

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.

Award Winners' Media Spread

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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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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Canadian Institute for Climate Choices Releases Report

Transforming Canada’s economy for a global low-carbon future

In a recent report focused on Canada's Net-Zero future, the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices places emphasis on the importance of transforming the country's economy in the transition to a low-carbon future.

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407 ETR makes significant progress with green action

a greenhouse gas reduction target of 25% by 2030 announced

In January of 2021, 407 ETR joined the Climatewise Business Network. In just six months, 407 ETR has made substantial progress towards setting a Greenhouse Gas reduction target under the ClimateWise Emissions Reduction Framework.

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Toronto 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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ClimateWise Challenge teams-up with BOMA Toronto

Participants in the ClimateWise Building Challenge can now opt into BOMA Toronto's race2reduce building challenge with a single submission, allowing them to compete for recognition both regionally via the ClimateWise Challenge and provincially via the coveted race2reduce Commercial Real Estate Trailblazers (CREST) Awards.

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