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From green to great, York Region attains highest sustainability designation for its forest building

LEED Platinum is Canada’s most rigorous certification under the green building rating system

Newmarket – It’s Platinum for The Regional Municipality of York Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre as it attains the highest designation by the Canada Green Building Council.

“This is York Region’s first LEED Platinum certification and demonstrates our dedication to sustainable forest management and public education,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “This recognition aptly captures the innovation, beauty and spirit of the Forest Stewardship and Education Centre.”

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED green building program is an internationally recognized rating system marking excellence for design, construction and high performance green buildings.

Green features of the forestry building include:

  • Net zero energy use: Through the use of solar panels, the building is designed to generate more energy than it uses
  • Net zero water use: A storage tank to gather rainwater and snow melt to service bathroom facilities
  • The facility is built almost entirely of wood using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sustainably harvested materials and all wood structural elements
  • Green building and forest education program through classroom learning, tours and events
  • Diversion of 94 per cent of construction waste from landfill

“York Region continues to support LEED level certification in new building developments,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “The result is a Forest Steward and Education Centre which is an inspiring and enduring place of learning that promotes York Region’s natural heritage."

And it doesn’t stop with LEED Platinum certification. York Region has received other awards for this innovative building including the 2016 Ontario Public Works Association Project of the Year in the area of historic restoration and preservation.

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre is located in the Hollidge Tract in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. It is used for forest education programs.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local towns and cities and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, over 50,000 businesses and 580,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact:
Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications
The Regional Municipality of York
Tel: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77272
Cell: 905-251-6416

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