The projects that make a difference

The Clean50 Top Projects annually recognize those projects completed in the prior two years based on their innovation, their ability to inform, and inspire other Canadians. The Top Project of the year is then selected each year at the Clean50 Summit, from votes cast by both incoming and Alumni members of the Clean50.

2016

Minto Communities: Minto’s Path to Zero Energy

Minto continues to build on its rich history of innovation in new home and community design with five Net Zero Energy Homes (NZEH) currently underway in its Arcadia community in Ottawa, Ontario. With an ultimate goal of Net…

2016

Sustainable Canada Dialogues

Summary Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a collaboration among more than 60+ researchers from 10 provinces representing climate change expertise across a wide range of disciplines, from engineering to sociology, biology to business, resulted in the scholarly consensus “Acting on…

2016

TerraCycle Inc.: Cigarette Butt Recycling

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, with nearly 1 trillion pounds of cigarette waste flooding the globe annually, leaching toxins into the groundwater, lakes and oceans. TerraCycle’s mandate is to recycle the “non-recyclable” and…

2015

Cadillac Fairview – GREEN AT WORK™ program

We’ve made it our priority to develop and execute one of the most comprehensive sustainability programs in the Canadian real estate industry… GREEN AT WORK is Cadillac Fairview’s national sustainability program and a proud example of the leadership…

2015

Ecotrust Canada – Creation of ThisFish.info

ThisFish: Discover the story of your seafood Learn all about the seafood you eat, and connect to the fish Harvester who caught it, by tracing its journey from the ocean to your plate. Fishing is an ancient pursuit,…

2015

Hoffmann-La Roche – Zero-Waste Decommissioning Project

  This project arose out of a business decision to relocate the Hoffmann-La Roche Canadian headquarters (Roche Canada) in Mississauga, Ontario, due to the growth in the business and need to accommodate approximately 200 additional employees. Through the…

2015

Lakeridge Health / Ecosystem Energy: Deep Energy Retrofit

Lakeridge Health is one of Ontario’s largest community hospitals, servicing more than 1,600 people every day. In 2010, Lakeridge Health partnered with Ecosystem Energy Services, a Canadian energy efficiency company, to embark on an ambitious energy retrofit project…

2015

WWF & HP Living Planet @ Work (LP@W)- Spring Things Campaign:

WWF’s 2014 “Spring Things” CEO committee is a groundbreaking approach to leveraging the links between employee engagement, philanthropy and addressing the astonishing fact that under 3% of Canadian donations are directed to environmental causes (StatsCan). David Miller (President…

2014

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada – Sarnia biochem cluster

BIC’s  goal from the outset was to position the Sarnia-Lambton region as a world-scale Hybrid Chemistry Cluster. The first step was to establish a premier accelerator facility at the Sarnia-Lambton Campus of the Western University Research Park. This…

2014

City of Markham – Rooftop MicroFIT Solar

Project Description: Markham’s 1.4MW solar roof top program provides renewable energy leadership for our community. Generates over $300,000 per year of revenue outside of taxes, while contributing to Provincial goals. Our Solar Program also helps us move toward…

2014

City of Surrey – RETHINK WASTE !

Taking the concept of a closed loop one step further, The City of Surrey is planning to power their garbage trucks with… Garbage!  The project description below is long, but a worthwhile read- and a case study for…

2014

City of Waterloo: GreenLab

Welcome to our big rain barrel! The GreenLab is located at RIM Park, the City of Waterloo’s premier sports, fitness and healthy living hub. Visited by 1.3 million people every year, this 500-acre facility features outdoor sports fields,…

2014

Enviro-Stewards & Tim Hortons: Waste discharge reduction

The challenge: Waste discharge to sewer by Tim Hortons’ Fruition Fruit & Fills plant. A conventional approach would have addressed the environmental concern while imposing economic ($1,000,000 capital) and social burdens (loss of commodity ingredients). Using a preventative…

2014

Harvest Energy Garden and Composting Facility

Similar to most municipalities in North America, the Metro Vancouver region faces five interlocking issues in regards to waste management: Landfilling has been identified as an unsustainable practice due to their far distances from populated centers; the high…

2014

HP’s “Closed Loop” plastic recycling program

HPs collaboration with a small but powerful Canadian plastics recycler has resulted in a process that not only reduces waste to landfill but also reduces the footprint of an HP product family that is sold globally. Their story…

2014

Oxford Properties & ZeroFootprint: Tenant Engagement

The Problem Energy reduction on a massive scale is not achievable without engaging the people who use it. Oxford, as part of its sustainability program, wishes to engage the 1,000,000 people pass through Oxford lobbies each and every…

2014

Pulse Energy and SES Consulting: Building Performance Management

Combining Energy Information Software (EIS) with the onsite expertise of a consultant is becoming industry best practice for generating energy savings in existing building commissioning programs. Achieving operational savings in commercial buildings SES Consulting and Pulse Energy are…

2014

REALpac’s Energy Benchmarking Program

  www.realpac.ca In September 2009, the Real Property Association of Canada (“REALpac”), in collaboration with the Canada Green Building Council (“CaGBC”) and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (“BOMA Canada”), adopted an energy consumption target for…

2014

TELUS Rimouski Internet Data Centre

In 2011 TELUS embarked on a journey to build two world-class internet data centres (IDC) that would support best-in-class integrated cloud and managed IT solutions for their customers. Over 80% more energy-efficient than traditional data centres, the new…

2014

Tree Canada: Creating a new Canadian holiday: Tree Day!

With the help of MP Royal Galipeau, Tree Canada created National Tree Day – a celebration of all things trees occurring on the Wednesday of every National Forest Week (this year September 25, 2013). This special day was…

2014

Waterfront Toronto: Outstanding excellence in a CSRS Report

Waterfront Toronto’s leadership in completing its first Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report (CSRSR) sets a high bar. Waterfront Toronto has spent the last decade fulfilling its commitment to create a revitalized waterfront that sets a national and…