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York Region ranked 12th in the world for sustainability

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The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has released a list of Intelligent Communities ranked by their ability to create an environmentally sustainable community. York Region has been ranked 12th in the world for our sustainability efforts. Our local municipalities – Markham and Newmarket – also made the list, representing a unique recognition of both regional and local municipalities.

Promoting sustainability offers many benefits to a community, including protecting natural resources and improving quality of life for residents. Building sustainable communities is also a good business decision. As the world continues to adapt to environmental challenges, new companies – including many here in York Region – are using technology to tackle these issues while creating employment and growth opportunities.

From reducing greenhouse gas emissions to increasing waste diversion, York Region is proud to promote sustainability as a key pillar in many guiding strategic documents. Highlights and results include:

  • Planted more than 102,000 trees in 2019 through the Regional Greening Strategy Program
  • Establishing a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target through Vision 2051
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions across Regional operations through improved energy conservation measures and integrating hybrid/electric vehicles into the fleet
  • Diverted 94% of household waste away from landfills in 2018 – the highest rate in the province
  • Provide ongoing support to The Kortright Centre for Conservation to help create sustainable technologies, provide educational programming and support habitat restoration

York Region continues to be recognized for its efforts in establishing itself an intelligent community that uses technology to increase quality of life for residents. Previous accolades from the ICF include ranking 9th for Broadband in 2019 and being awarded as a Smart21 Intelligent Community of the Year in 2018.

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