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Township of Wilmot Featured in Case Study
Township of Wilmot Featured in Case Study
Having been a member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative since 2015, the Township of Wilmot has become the first township in Waterloo Region to set a public greenhouse gas reduction target. They are working towards reducing their emissions by 25% using 2012 as their baseline. Some of their projects are already showing successful savings in both cost and energy usage. Check out their case study to learn more ...
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Change Management and Sustainability
Change Management and Sustainability
On June 13th, professionals gathered at the Walper Hotel in Kitchener for a Change Management and Sustainability event, where change management practice, tools, and how to apply them were discussed. Matthew Day, Manager of SWR’s Regional Sustainability Initiative, opened the event with a brief overview of Regional Sustainability Initiative’s end-of-year member survey. The top three goals across all members were: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reducing energy use, and increasing employee engagement. The goal of employee engagement stuck out because many members expressed a desire for ...
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Event Recap – It’s All About the Numbers
Event Recap – It’s All About the Numbers
On May 22nd 2018, Paul Rak (President and founder of Cambridge-based VeriForm Inc.) made the business case for implementing low-technology sustainability initiatives into everyday business operations. The event took place at Waterloo North Hydro and was attended by an assortment of professionals looking to learn how to optimize sustainability, efficiency, and cost-savings in their operations. Rak began by giving an overview of the company, when they started their journey towards sustainability, and the results the company has achieved since. VeriForm is a metal fabricating company which specia ...
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Evening of Recognition 2018 Recap
Evening of Recognition 2018 Recap
Thursday, April 12 was a big day for Sustainable Waterloo Region and the many program participants and volunteers who help make everything we do such a success. On April 12, we celebrated our 9th Evening of Recognition. The Turret at Wilfrid Laurier University was standing room only as sustainability leaders gathered to celebrate their successes and achievements, swap stories, and share learnings. That the event was held at Laurier was particularly meaningful; for 10 years, Wilfrid Laurier University has played a critical role in helping SWR and all Regional Sustainability Initiative members a ...
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10 ways our volunteers ROCK!
10 ways our volunteers ROCK!
Over the four years that I have been at Sustainable Waterloo Region, I have been repeatedly amazed and touched with the kinds of time and talent that are shared in this community to work together for the creation of a shared vision of the future. From students to community leadership, the volunteers at SWR are incredible. I could try to articulate all the things that people have done, but my memory is, as many of you have heard me say” like a steel sieve”, so I would rather share the top 10 ways that volunteers make all of us at SWR so very grateful. Professional expertise. Many of our volunt ...
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Volunteers Support Professional Development
Volunteers Support Professional Development
I’ve been a member of the SWR team for a long time, starting as a volunteer back in 2008. The volunteer structure at SWR is very close to my heart. Over the years, I’ve seen the power of this model and what it’s done for the organization, helping us to reach higher and do more, with limited financial resources. I’ve also seen the valuable and transferable work experience that volunteers have gained from being part of the SWR team. Recently, in the last year and a half, I’ve come to truly appreciate a new layer that’s been added to the model. To set the context, historically our Human Resources ...
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Thank you to all the Green Team volunteers
Thank you to all the Green Team volunteers
What many folks might not realize about sustainability-focused efforts is that not all organizations have the capacity to have a designated role for this. On many occasions, it is the voluntary work of one or handful of employees who are passionate about the environment. The effort to pull together a green team, engage the whole organization, integrate sustainability awareness, report on energy consumption and waste diversion – these tasks are completed alongside their primary role but with equal amounts of enthusiasm. This is why at the Regional Sustainability Initiative, we refer to them as ...
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5+ Years’ of Volunteerism and Counting!
5+ Years’ of Volunteerism and Counting!
Sustainable Waterloo Region’s greatest resource is our people. We are able to accomplish SWR’s great work with a committed team of volunteers and a small staff driven by a shared passion to achieve an environmentally sustainable Waterloo Region for current and future generations. Fueled by this passion, our volunteers join us for any number of reasons; from gaining meaningful work experience, to expanding professional networks, connecting with other like-minded individuals, or contributing their professional expertise to improve their local community. Our volunteer base is dynamic: as we welco ...
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WNH hosts Eco-Challenge

We are always inspired when members take it upon themselves to improve their sustainability actions. For the month of July, the Green Team at Waterloo North Hydro implemented a month long Eco-Challenge, where employees are encouraged to be more environmentally focused with their day to day activities. Using their challenge as a ‘case study’, here […]

Tova’s Travels – Wilkommen from Stuttgart

We arrived here last night and were informed about the Schlossplatz by a staff member at the airport. It is a city centre where they have closed the streets completely from vehicle traffic and the locals call it a green street. Only cyclists, pedestrians, etc can access this place. We walked down for a late […]

Tova’s Travels – Welcome from NYC

The first leg of my family’s trip is to visit New York City. This city is a crazy place. We saw so many things, all of which were familiar from movies and TV. It was cool to see that there is a clear business case for hybrid vehicles for the taxi companies as so many […]

The Story of Retrofitting 20% of the Parking at 144 Park for Electric Vehicle Charging

This story was contributed by Kerry Mueller. Follow Kerry on Twitter @mueller_kerry My desire to drive an electric vehicle while living in a condo at 144 Park St. in Waterloo, ON was what initiated this project. In the process, it was determined that many more condo owners than expected share that desire. My name is Kerry […]

Regional Sustainability Initiative Member St. Paul’s is Featured in Case Study

Regional Sustainability Initiative member St. Paul’s University College is featured in a case study highlighting their 40% reduction target and how sustainability has benefited their business thus far. St. Paul’s has embarked on a variety of projects to improve their energy efficiency, such as upgrading three of their boilers and replacing the fluorescent lighting within the building […]

Regional Sustainability Initiative Member R+T Park is Featured in Case Study

  Regional Sustainability Initiative member R+T Park is featured in a case study highlighting their 40% reduction target and how sustainability has benefited their business thus far. Some of the companies within the park have cited their involvement with sustainability being a positive recruitment tool and a competitive advantage. Due to the park being comprised […]

Our Progress, Our Path Event Recap

On June 22, 2017, ClimateActionWR invited members of the community to hear about the progress made so far on reducing Waterloo Region’s carbon footprint. Supplemented by the progress report, the presentation highlighted the sectors in which there were reductions being seen, as well as sectors that needed improving. In 2013, the three cities of Kitchener, […]

Sustainable Summer Travel

As the summer holidays approach, many of us will be traveling for our well-earned vacation. But how do we get there in a sustainable way?  Here are some rules of thumb I’ve learned over years of studying sustainable transportation: 1) Staycation! There’s true joy in taking time to enjoy your home or nearby community as […]

B Corp and Beyond: Event Recap

Becoming a B Corp – Why and How This morning, Sustainable Waterloo Region held a breakfast event at EY to give some more insight about ways to improve your e-score, and the benefits of becoming a B Corp. The environment score (e-score) is calculated from an online assessment that measures and compares your environmental score […]

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Responsible Investing – Sustainability

“Why let your money do something you wouldn’t?” This is one of the best questions I’ve heard describing the motivation behind socially responsible investing (also known as ethical investing, responsible investment, impact investing, or environment-social-governance investing). Whatever you call it, today’s blog post is all about investing with your values. What we’ve been taught vs. […]

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