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Canada’s Leading Sustainable Building: Inspiring Waterloo Region

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016


Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Accelerator Centre, 295 Hagey Blvd, Waterloo

Join us to learn about Canada's most sustainable building and local aspirations to surpass its impact. John Robinson will provide an overview of British Columbia's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, sharing details of the design and development of high-performance green buildings, along with the associated intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes. This public event is part of a two-day symposium of invited experts focusing on the people side of high-performance buildings. Local representatives will also provide updates on plans for Waterloo Region's first net-positive multi-tenant office building.

Registration is now open!

Keynote Speaker 


John Robinson is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. From 1992-2015, he was at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability and the Department of Geography. At UBC, he was responsible for the development of the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), a living laboratory of environmental research and practice on the UBC campus and a leading regenerative office building worldwide. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, and from 2012 to 2015, he was the Associate Provost, Sustainability at UBC, responsible for integrating academic and operational sustainability across UBC’s Vancouver campus. Prof. Robinson’s research focuses on climate change and sustainability, sustainable buildings and cities, participatory futures studies, community engagement and the role of universities in contributing to the sustainability transition.

About CIRS

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) was developed as an opportunity to promote and encourage sustainable infrastructure globally. Through its building technologies and urban design, the CIRS acts as an icon of sustainable building design and performance and is recognized internationally for its research engagements and commitments to sustainable development in society. CIRS was designed to be “net- positive” in both environmental and human terms, separating itself from green design aimed at “doing less harm” by reducing the negative environmental consequences of buildings. Since its establishment in November 2011, the building has been central to UBC’s on-going living lab research programs and initiatives.

What to Expect 

  • Learn about British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
  • Learn about updates and plans for Waterloo Region’s first net-positive multi-tenant office building
  • Opportunities throughout the evening to connect with individuals from across local business/ organizational sustainability networks
  • Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar

Who Can Attend

  • Those interested in the role of sustainable buildings in Waterloo Region
  • Those with an interest in the connection between organizations and the environment
  • Local, provincial and/or national politicians


About our Events

Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) hosts an event season focused on connecting our program members, and local organizations with the expertise and collaborative learning opportunities necessary to implement effective sustainability strategies. Our events provide the unique networks, direction, and inspiration for building environmental sustainability into an organization’s culture.

We welcome anyone interested in making advancements towards more sustainable operations to attend events that are not specified as member only.

Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) members receive complementary admission passes to events. If they are unable to attend events or wish to review speaker presentations, all event presentations are made available through MemberLink, the RCI online community.