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Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
The Evening of Recognition is always a highlight of our year, and we love being able to connect with the community and share the stories of the work and achievements our members are undertaking. This year, we were excited to recognize two of our members who partnered to achieve a shared environmental goal with the Best Partnership Award: Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards. These two organizations collaborated to build on their individual strengths and successes. Hear their story in their own words.  Congratulations, Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards! ...
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Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
On March 5th, SWR hosted “Venturing into Sustainable Business: A Talk with Patagonia.” Patagonia is a giant in the business of sustainable operations. Started by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 as Chouinard Equipment, the company developed from producing one piece of environmentally conscious climbing equipment for Yvon and his friends. The two speakers for the evening, Rebecca Goldstein (Environmental Coordinator, East Coast) and Mason Prout (Environmental Point Person, Toronto), shared where Patagonia has been and where they are going. After growing the company from a climbing equipment manufacturer ...
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Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Last month, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted a Spring Cleaning event at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. Attendees at the event came to learn about how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance for their commercial properties. The first speaker was Bala Gnanam, the Vice President of Energy, Environment & Strategic Partnerships at BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) Toronto. BOMA Toronto promotes best practices within the real estate industry through the use of the BOMA BEST program, Canada’s largest environmental assessment and certification program for existing buildin ...
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Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Patrick is a volunteer on the finance team at SWR. He sets direction for the organization’s financial processes and activities alongside management and board members. From the moment we first met Patrick we were inspired by his strong passion for sustainability and the amazing technical knowledge that he brings to our team. We admire and appreciate his great sense of humour. Patrick has taken on the challenge of contributing key financial decisions, best practice setting, monthly reporting, budgeting, annual financial audits, and infusion of financial knowledge across the SWR staff team. We wo ...
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Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Last Tuesday (November 27, 2018), the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted an event at Borealis Grille & Bar entitled “Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach.” The sold-out event was a great success, featuring two speakers with first-hand experience in implementing waste reduction strategies in their organizations. Ben Dunbar, the Manager of Waste Operations at AET Group Inc., provided an overview of waste audits for industrial and commercial companies. Waste audits allow organizations to quantify and characterize the waste generation of their operations. Audits are usef ...
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Save on Energy: Energy Management in Organizations
Save on Energy: Energy Management in Organizations
On Tuesday, October 2nd, Save on Energy: Energy Management for Organizations was held at the Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Conference Centre. Featuring three knowledgeable guest speakers, this event gave professionals an opportunity to discuss the benefits of implementing energy management and energy efficiency projects in their own offices and workplaces. Greg Rushby, the founding principal of Rushby Energy Solutions Inc., was the first speaker. Greg offered a great introduction to the morning by outlining what energy management means for organizations. Energy management is a continuous, pro ...
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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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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 […]

Building Electric Momentum

The benefits are clear: Electric Vehicles (EVs) cost less to drive, produce less emissions, and require less maintenance. Such alignment of economic and environmental value is the low hanging fruit we love at SWR – everybody wins! Don’t get us wrong, there are definitely challenges ahead and EVs won’t yet fit every application (only 90%+ […]

My date with an Electric Vehicle (EV)

Yesterday I went on a first date with an Electric Vehicle (EV), a local edition of #WWF Canada’s #EVFirstDates campaign! Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech, and I spent some quality time with a Nissan Leaf, generously loaned to us by Greg Vann Nissan! I have to say, I have not been on a first date […]

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Leading the Electric Vehicle Charge in Waterloo Region

The Canadian Medical Association concluded that the national costs of air pollution will amount conservatively to $257B between 2008 and 2031.Transportation makes up a whopping 40% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Waterloo Region. Automobiles also emit particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds, which all contribute to smog in cities and […]