York Region Business Taking Action on Climate Change

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


Don't Miss MSBC Sustainability Webinar this October!

'Learn How Businesses Can Save Money by Creating a Green Action Plan'

Are You a Business Owner? Wondering how your business can go green and save money at the same time? Join ClimateWise Building Challenge and Markham Small Business Centre, MSBC, on October 13, 2021, for an information-packed Sustainability Webinar on how your business can save money by creating a Green Action Plan.

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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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.

Read the ClimateWise/BOMA announcement

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. Click the link below to read which York Region municipalities and businesses have joined.

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Windfall Centre challenges Newmarket businesses

Build back better and join the ClimateWise Building Challenge

With more than 20 years leading environmental sustainability programs and supporting communities within York Region, Windfall Ecology Centre is creating pathways to build back better through the launch of the ClimateWise Building Challenge.

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TD Bank supports Reesor's Markets sustainability

Reesor's Markets has been awarded a membership subsidy from TD Bank to continue thier sustainability efforts in 2021. Recognizing the significant challenges COVID-19 has had on businesses, Green Recovery Membership Subsidies were established to support membership fees of small and medium-sized organizations across the Green Economy Canada network

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407 ETR joins ClimateWise Business Network

The partnership will build on existing sustainability commitments

and work towards further environmental reporting and sustainability progress

We are pleased to announce that 407 ETR has joined the ClimateWise Business Network as a member. 407 ETR is on a mission to set ambitious and realistic sustainability targets. The partnership with ClimateWise provides access to an extensive member network to learn best practices, create a culture of sustainability and help develop greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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View the 407 ETR Sustainability Report

Portfolio Manager: New Greenhouse Gas Intensity Metric

Free webinar hosted by Natural Resources Canada

Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST

A new greenhouse gas intensity metric will be rolled out to Canadian users of the Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. The new metric will provide an ability to compare your building’s total GHG intensity against a similar regional reference building. Natural Resources Canada is hosting a complimentary webinar to introduce the new metric and discuss what it means for your buildings.


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New SME net-zero manufacturing project launched

Green Economy Canada, in partnership with Pembina Institute, has launched the SME Net-Zero Pathways: Manufacturing pilot project . ClimateWise members Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. and Reesor's Market & Bakery join the first cohort of businesses to explore how they can get to net zero emissions.

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Registration for the ClimateWise Challenge is now open

Join the energy-saving challenge today

Registration for the 2021 ClimateWise Challenge is now open! If you are a building owner, manager, or tenant, you can take part in this exciting opportunity to take action on climate change while reducing costs and increasing asset value. Register one or more of your buildings today!

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Energy Resilience and Zero Carbon Discovery

with Steven Costa

Day four of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview is live

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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Smart Building Trends with the City of Markham

featuring Graham Seaman, P.Eng., LEED AP, CEM

Day three of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview is live

Joining us today is Graham Seaman, P.Eng., LEED AP, CEM, the Director of Sustainability and Asset Management for the City of Markham. Graham will discuss the municipal energy plan and long-term vision to reach net zero by 2050.

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

Taking Action on Climate Change in York Region

with Wayne Emmerson

Day five of the ClimateWise Challenge virtual preview is live

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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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 weeklong 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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Riverside Natural Foods

Riverside Natural Foods is the home of MadeGood food products. Starting as a family business with three employees 5 years ago, the company now employs over 300 people. Riverside is a certified B-Corp, reflecting the commitment to consider people, the planet as well as profit in every decision.

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