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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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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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Raising the standard

It’s ambitious, but the principals behind it are determined to develop the area’s first net-positive building at the David Johnston Research and Technology park by 2018. The building would go far beyond current green building standards and LEED principles to contribute to the electrical grid, while recycling water and waste and actually going beyond zero […]

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New Kitchener electric car station a sign of the times

July, 4th, 2013 WATERLOO— Nariman Eghtedari began thinking about buying an electric car a couple of years ago, because he liked the idea of saving money on gas and doing less harm to the environment. But now that he owns one, he’s so enamoured of the vehicle that he’d never consider going back to a gas-powered […]

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Earth Hour becomes a small gesture leading to a global commitment

GUELPH — For one hour on Saturday night, Tova Davidson and her two sons, ages seven and 13, experienced life without electrical lights, computers or gadgets. “We turned everything off,” says Davidson, who lives in Guelph and was recently named the new executive director of Sustainable Waterloo Region, an organization that works with businesses, organizations […]

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Regional councillors endorse climate plan

WATERLOO REGION — Regional politicians endorsed a community plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The regionwide climate action plan aims to cut emissions to six per cent below 2010 levels by 2020. The cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge already endorsed the plan. Regional councillors gave their blessing at a committee meeting this week; formal […]

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Waterloo Region makes bold move to reduce emissions

Waterloo and Cambridge have partnered with two local environmental non-profit organizations, REEP Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Waterloo Region. Moving forward, ClimateActionWR hopes to work with community organizations and municipalities to compartmentalize greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to successfully reduce them. The initiative, which is a first […]

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Cities commit to Community Climate Action Plan

WATERLOO REGION — Local municipal councils are working on a Community Climate Action Plan in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The work will cost millions, but local politicians say the payback is worth it. “We talk so much about the cost of infrastructure, but this is about the opportunity to service multiple needs […]

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Discussion of energy issues muted in provincial byelections

September 4th, 2012 This time last year, residents in the provincial riding of Kitchener-Waterloo were exactly where they are today — headed to the polls. Whereas last year Ontario’s party leaders debated the rising cost of electricity, smart meters and time-of-use billing, and the costs associated with the feed-in-tariff (FIT) programs offered through the Green […]

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Three leading social entrepreneurs named Ashoka Fellows

TORONTO, ON (May 20, 2012) – Ashoka announces its first three Ashoka Fellows this year, whose new ideas are building economies in conflict-prone countries, engaging businesses to create realistic environmental action and building capacity among sustainable agricultural producers in developing countries to access financing. Scott Gilmore, founder of Building Markets, is elected as a Senior […]

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Earth Day in the City

Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day. Events are being held throughout Kitchener this weekend. Mike Morrice, the executive director of the not-for-profit group Sustainable Waterloo Region, says these kinds of international events are important for raising awareness of environmental issues at a local level. “These events are meaningful insofar […]

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Establishing a Green Community

After an evening of celebration with businesses, volunteers and government officials, Sustainable Waterloo Region executive director Mike Morrice admits that the environmental change the organization has brought to the community thus far is only the beginning. Founded only three years ago by Mike Morrice, fellow students and alumni at Wilfrid Laurier University, Sustainable Waterloo Region […]

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