RCI Member: City Of Waterloo
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Government Type: Municipal
The City of Waterloo is an incorporated local municipality, located in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, with a population of 121,700 people. As a dynamic, leading edge community that fosters innovation and creativity while preserving its heritage, it is no wonder the City of Waterloo is recognized as one of the country's best places to live, work and visit. It is a modern, vigorous and internationally recognized community with all the amenities of a big city, surrounded by green farmland and small town warmth. Waterloo's two world-class universities, a respected applied arts and technical college, and state of the art research facilities, have businesses and individuals from around the globe taking special interest in this community. Among a long list of high tech and dot.com firms, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Research in Motion, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Nuvation and McAfee Inc., call Waterloo home. Waterloo also has leading arts and cultural institutions, sporting facilities and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects:
Please see City of Waterloo’s Environmental Strategy.
- Built two LEED certfied buildings – Fire Station #4 was completed in 2010 and is LEED Gold Certified, and the John M. Harper District Branch Library and Stork Family YMCA was completed in 2011 and is LEED Silver Certified
- Renovated HVAC and replaced all corridor lighting at City Hall
- Wind Feasibility Study funding announced by FCM
The City of Waterloo’s sustainability goals are outlined in the Environmental Strategy (2010 to present) Living Doc. Some goals are:
- Efficient use of energy and resources while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste
- Strategic objectives related to emissions and energy reduction
- The City of Waterloo Environmental Strategy report (April 2010) (pg. 6) notes that a target GHG emissions reduction won’t be set until a baseline is determined. Baseline originally set at 2004 in 2008 for Energy Management Program, but reconsidering setting it at 2012 levels given recent GHG increases.
Some of the City of Waterloo’s successes are their biodiesel and solar energy study, the green procurement policy, and an anti-idling policy.
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