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.

2017

Sustainable Prosperity: The Smart Prosperity Initiative

Founded by respected Canadian leaders from business, think tanks, labour, Indigenous Peoples, youth, and NGO communities, Smart Prosperity harnesses new thinking to map out and accelerate Canada’s transition to a stronger, cleaner economy in the next decade. Smart…

2017

Sustainable Waterloo Region: Regional Carbon Initiative

RCI connects and empowers 67 member organizations to set GHG reduction targets. To build the sustainability capacity in an organization, the RCI offers tools to track and report on GHGs, develop policies, engage employees, learn from experts and…

2016

Calstone: The Rainwater Harvesting Pond Project

This describes a vision of an oasis between two industrial buildings that grew out of needing to showcase water and provide an outdoor space for employees and neighbours to enjoy. It was a mission and the end result…

2016

CivicAction: Race to Reduce

Summary CivicAction’s Race to Reduce has mobilized the commercial office sector to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), while saving millions of dollars in costs. One of the largest regional…

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…