Community Events

Sustainable Waterloo Region is pleased to list events happening throughout the Waterloo Region that are focused on environmental awareness and solutions.

To have your event added please contact Mariah Smith for consideration.

* The sponsors shown on the right are affiliated with RCI events only, and do not necessarily endorse any of the Community Events shown on this page.

WISE Energy Day Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: Federation Hall, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West, Waterloo

Meet and mingle with our researchers. Connect the dots and get energized by our talented young entrepreneurs and emerging leaders at the most innovative University in Canada.

This is a ‘meet-up’ of academic, industry & government experts who have come together to share insights & new ideas for our energy future.
Panel presentations, posters & discussions focus on:

  • Energy Transitions For a Decarbonized Economy: How Fast and at What Cost?
  • Low Energy Green Buildings: What Can Innovation Do?
  • Energy Access for Canada’s Remote First Nations Communities: If Not Now, When?

Floods and Droughts: Eliciting Customer Willingness-to-Pay and Adverse Event Likelihood Priors for Public Utility Pricing and Infrastructure Decisions

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Location: Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo, Room 1501, Waterloo, ON

A professor in the Department of Economics and member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University, Diane Dupont will discuss a method for obtaining public preferences for improved water and wastewater management.

This talk will describe a method to elicit public preferences for improved water and wastewater management. Specifically, it will examine the relative desirability of engineering versus green infrastructure approaches to having more reliable water supplies and to mitigating the likelihood of rainfall-caused flooding events.

Rising Nationalism versus Global Cooperation for Sustainable Development

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Humanities Theatre Hagey Hall

Please join us in welcoming Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and this year's TD Walter Bean Visiting Professor.

In the era of Brexit, border walls and immigration bans, how does the world come together to achieve Sustainable Development Goals like protecting the environment, eradicating poverty, and providing access to clean water, education and decent work for all? In this provocative talk, Sachs will explore the dynamic tension between the current rise of nationalism and the pressing social and environmental issues facing the planet today. To register, click here.