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York Region forestry building best in green standards



Living Building Challenge certification considered the world’s most rigorous green building standard

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre is the first in Canada to achieve Living Building Challenge certification. This global sustainability standard puts York Region among only 21 buildings worldwide to meet this criterion.

The status of Living Certified by the International Living Future Institute is considered the most rigorous green building standard in the world based on sustainability requirements related to site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. These seven categories are named Petals in the challenge.

“This is an outstanding achievement for York Region,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “The project demonstrates the Region’s commitment to innovation while leaving a lasting and sustainable legacy for the community. This centre provides opportunities to help residents and the extended community learn about the importance of our natural resources and forests.”

In addition to meeting stringent environmental design requirements, buildings must demonstrate net zero energy and water performance over a 12-month period to earn the Energy and Water Petals.

“York Region continues to be at the forefront of sustainable forest management,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “By meeting all criteria for the Living Building Challenge, the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre has taken its place amongst the world’s top green buildings while offering a tranquil hub for life-long environmental learning.”

Located in the York Regional Forest Hollidge Tract in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, the centre is used to educate students, industry professionals and the public about leading-edge sustainability related to environmental design, construction and operation.

Green features include:

  • Site: facility helps restore a healthy co-existence with nature through its natural setting and provides a place for people to learn and connect with the natural environment
  • Materials: all materials sourced from responsible industry or sustainably produced
  • Equity: facility designed to be accessible to all visitors in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and facilitate access to nature through the surrounding forest including an adjacent accessible trail
  • Beauty: the facility inspires visitors and the design reflects and enhances the surrounding natural landscape
    Among other awards and certification, the centre has achieved LEED Platinum Certification, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award and Public Project of the Year by the Ontario and American Public Works Associations.

Among other awards and certification, the centre has achieved LEED Platinum Certification, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award and Public Project of the Year by the Ontario and American Public Works Associations.

York Region Forestry Building

The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre is located in the Hollidge Tract in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Photo Credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc. for DIALOG

The York Regional Forest is made up of 2,300 hectares of protected land, located in different parts of the Region, with 18 properties and more than 120 kilometres of trail available to the public.

Tours are available to the media upon request.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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Media Contact:
Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 77272 or
Cell: 905-251-6416
Email: masrine.guthrie-peart@york.ca


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