Welcome to the Sustainable Economic Development initiatives in York Region.
"Going Green" is essential in today's marketplace, where consumers are increasingly aware of, and responsive
to environmental issues. Consumers want to know what your business is doing to protect the environment, as
do other businesses. By participating in green networks, industry clusters and a highly efficient workforce, you
generate favourable commercial and financial outcomes.
ecologically responsible decisions. This webpage is dedicated to providing the resources, contacts and
information to help your business navigate the waters of green business initiatives.
York Region's Sustainability Strategy
Approved in 2007, the Sustainability Strategy was developed to manage dynamic forecasted population growth.
York Region is working towards a balanced approach respecting the Natural Environment, Healthy Communities
and Economic Vitality.
When it comes to Economic Development, the Sustainability Strategy is the cornerstone of our strategic direction.
This approach can result in efficiencies and savings, create attractive, balanced communities, and help attract a
talented labour force and leading edge companies.
Click here to view the York Region Sustainability Strategy.
These free workshops are detailed and interactive learning forums for
business leaders including guest presenters, case studies, and
2010 Workshop Schedule Coming Soon.
Creating an Eco-friendly Office Environment - November 17th, 2009
Guests learned about creating an eco-friendly office environment with
presentations on topics from sustainable lighting to sustainable landscaping.
The mini-tradeshow component of the workshop gave attendees
the opportunity to meet with other environmentally minded businesses.
Green IT for Businesses - October 1st, 2009
Attendees learned about Green IT solutions for their business and
networked with other environmentally minded York Region companies.
This free workshop included:
- Benefits of Green IT
- A Take-Home Information Kit
Solar Applications for Businesses - June 17, 2009
Guests learned about Solar Energy solutions from a business
perspective, and had the opportunity to network with
other York Region companies.
This workshop included:
- How Solar Systems Work
- On-site Solar Assessments and Installation
- Incentives and Energy Retrofit Grants
The Guide provides a framework for sustainable economic development along with basic resources you may need
as you explore opportunities for operating as a green business or for launching a green product.
The Guide is a tool to assist local businesses in adopting sustainability. It includes: