The DUKE Heights BIA is dedicated to providing and advocating for environmentally-friendly solutions to its members. As such we have created the DUKE Green Initiative – a page where you can find resources and information about how going green can best benefit your business.
Grants for Green Energy
Going green is not just a means to sustain the environment it is also a way to help reduce operational costs. As such, DUKE Heights is pleased to inform our members about green initiatives to help you, and your organization go green.
|Industrial Water Rate Program||If your organization consumes more than 5,000m of water, you can receive a 30% rebate per cubic meter after the first 5,000m. The first 5,000m will be charged using the general water rate. Learn more: www.toronto.ca|
|Capacity Buy Back Program||If your organization is looking for ways to reduce water consumption, the City of Toronto’s Capacity Buy Back program is here to help you. The city will help you identify ways to reduce your water consumption, and if you decide to make a permanent process or equipment changes, you can receive a cash rebate of up to 30 cents for the average litre of water saved per day. Learn more: www.toronto.ca|
|Sewer Surcharge Rebate Program||Industrial and Commercial water customers are eligible for a rebate for water that does not return to the sanitary sewer system (for example: water used in production, or that evaporates in cooling solutions). Learn more: www.toronto.ca|
Subsidies for Equipment
|The Boiler Room Program||An Enbridge program that helps organization upgrade to high-efficiency boilers through subsidies. Learn more: www.enbridgegas.com|
|Retrofit Program||An incentive program that helps organizations make updates to provide a sustainable, measurable and verifiable reduction in peak electricity. Learn more: www.saveonenergy.ca|
|SMART Green Program||This is a small to medium size manufacturers’ grant to help cover up to 50% of the cost of technology and process investment to help reduce Green House Gasses. Learn more: eperformanceinc.com|
|Eco Roof Incentive Program||A program that provides financial assistance to green or cool your roof. Learn more: web.toronto.ca|
|Electric Vehicle Incentive Program||An incentive program that can help you receive up to $14,000 if you buy or rent an electric vehicle for your organization. Learn more: www.mto.gov.on.ca|
|Canada Industry Program for Energy Conservation||Attend workshops to learn how your organization can increase its energy efficiency and lower its costs., and you can receive up to 50% of the eligible cost if you decide to implement ISO 50001 standard. Learn more: www.nrcan.gc.ca|
|Applied Research and Development Grants||Funding to partner with a Canadian College to execute a well-defined applied research and development for the reduction of greenhouse gasses. Grant is up to $150,000.00 per year for a maximum of 3 years. Learn more: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca|
|Enbridge, a natural gas supplier, is committed to environmentally friendly solutions for your business needs. As such, their website is a useful source of green solutions that will help you cut costs on your energy needs. Also, the site has case studies showing the effects of such solutions for various size businesses. We firmly recommend our members take a look at the solution Enbridge has to offer! Learn more: www.enbridgegas.com|
DUKE Green Ambassador
DUKE Heights has recently taken the initiative to hire a Green Ambassador in our office. The role of the Green Ambassador is to advocate and assist businesses in finding green solutions for their business. The Green Ambassador works with groups like Toronto Hydro, Efficiency Capital and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association to promote programs designed to help businesses save money on green initiatives, as well as on events and information about how your business can go green.
Our Green Ambassador is here to work and develop solutions for our BIA to be more energy efficient. For more information about any of our green programs, initiatives, grants and more, please contact our Green Ambassador at firstname.lastname@example.org
We work every year with the City of Toronto to increase the number of trees in our BIA and to beautify our roadways. Currently we have the Finch West Beautification Project underway for 2017 that will aim to increase green space and help reduce the cement jungle effect typically found in more industrial areas of the City. Find more information about our beautification projects here: https://dukeheights.ca/wp-content/uploads/160302_Public-Realm-Design-Report.pdf
One of our main partnerships here at DUKE Heights is with the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. We have worked with the OSEA on multiple events in our BIA, including their Powering Prosperity Awards and the annual Green Energy Doors Open. OSEA will continue to work closely with our BIA by sharing office space with us at 2 Champagne Drive in the fall.