CaGBC wins Clean 50 Top Project Award for Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard

Toronto, ON – September 21, 2017 – The CaGBC is pleased to announce that it has won a Clean 50 Top Project Award for developing Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard. The Award will be accepted at the Clean50 Summit 7.0 on September 28 in Toronto. Released in May 2017, the Zero Carbon Building Standard assesses carbon use in commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings in Canada. In order to achieve large-scale market transformation, it was designed to be broadly applicable for many types of new and existing buildings across the country. It is also the only program of its kind to make carbon reductions the key indicator for building performance.

The release of the 2018 “Canada’s Clean50 Top Projects” list celebrates 20 sustainability oriented projects completed by groups ranging from large corporations and municipalities, to university students and individuals from across Canada. 

This year’s Project winners were drawn from a robust list of nominees, and in addition to CaGBC’s win for the Zero Carbon Building Standard, include: building highly productive portable farms in milk crates deployed across vacant lots in Toronto, the combined efforts of a church, a charity and a builder to create net-zero energy affordable town homes in Edmonton, and the partnership in Quebec between a Resolute pulp and paper mill and a community that is now turning CO2 and the mill’s waste heat into millions of cucumbers at an adjacent greenhouse.  

In all, the selected projects represent 20 different ways in which Canadians are demonstrating leadership and working to enhance our overall sustainability. Each was selected for their positive impact, innovation, and their ability to inspire other Canadians to attempt similar projects. A detailed description of CaGBC’s submission and other winners can be viewed on the Clean 50 website at

About CaGBC

The CaGBC ( is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. As the voice of green building in Canada, we work closely with our national and chapter members in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through project certification, advocacy and research, and has helped meet the demand for skilled workers by providing green building education to over 30,000 professionals across the country since 2002. CaGBC is the license holder of the LEED® green building rating system in Canada and developed the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard this year, supports the WELL™ Building Standard and GRESB in Canada, and oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools. We are also a member of the World Green Building Council supporting international efforts to reduce environmental impacts from the built environment.

About the Clean50:

Founded in 2011 by Gavin Pitchford and Delta Management Group, the leading sustainability, CSR and clean tech search firm in Canada, Canada’s Clean50 Awards and Clean50 Summit provides a means of bringing together thought leaders and environmental experts to tackle sustainability problems, and to recognize and promote their accomplishments in the hopes of inspiring action by others. This is the seventh iteration of the awards, and they are considered the leading individual award for environmental and sustainability focused achievement in Canada.

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