Sustainable Waterloo Region is fortunate to be part of an active, inspirational, and ever-growing environmental community that is working on sustainability initiatives across Waterloo Region. The work being done is making sustainable solutions more accessible, building sustainability values in the community, and furthering the research into environmental issues. Several of the groups that inspire us in this community of action are listed below:
Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc.
Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. is a municipal electric utility owned by the City of Cambridge and the Township of North Dumfries. As part of the community since 1906, this utility company continues to deliver safe reliable energy to homes and businesses.
Community Renewable Energy Waterloo (CREW)
CREW is a local non-profit organization dedicated to making renewable energy accessible to the citizens of Waterloo Region. Their vision is to be a network of knowledgeable advocates, early adopters and interested citizens who initiate, resource, and support all local projects that encourage energy conservation and sustainable use of energy or materials from naturally regenerating sources, such as wind, solar and earth energy.
This Wilfrid Laurier University student committee works to raise awareness of the community regarding environmental issues. Its ultimate goal is to encourage the development of environmentally friendly living habits of students, and work towards limiting the campus’ ecological foot print.
Grand River Car Share
Grand River CarShare and Hamilton CarShare are incorporated as a single not-for-profit carsharing co-operative. The Co-op’s mission is to deliver a carsharing service and to promote carsharing as an important component of a transportation system that supports an alternative to the privately-owned automobile within the Region of Waterloo and the City of Hamilton. Through this the Co-op seeks to reduce overall transportation costs, traffic congestion and air pollution, thus improving our communities.
Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA)
The Grand River Conservation Authority manages water and other natural resources on behalf of 38 municipalities and close to one million residents. The GRCA’s mission is to develop and implement programs, directly or with their partners, to improve water quality, reduce flood damages, maintain a reliable water supply, facilitate watershed planning, protect natural areas and biodiversity, and provide environmental education.
Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc.
Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. is a local distribution company that is responsible for distributing electricity to 80,000 homes and businesses within the City of Kitchener and the Township of Wilmot. A wholly owned subsidiary of Kitchener Power Corporation, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. is focused on providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity to its customers.
My Sustainable Canada
My Sustainable Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that was created to help bridge gaps in knowledge, encourage collaboration and provide a national vision on sustainable consumption. In all its activities, My Sustainable Canada seeks to build greater understanding and support among the wider public, media and decision-makers.
Reduce the Juice
The Reduce the Juice Foundation facilitates the creation of youth led projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
REEP Green Solutions
REEP provides the citizens of Waterloo Region with tools for sustainable resource use, energy conservation and efficiency, and renewable energy applications. REEP has assessed the energy efficiency of over 14,000 homes in Waterloo Region. Customers who have followed their energy-saving recommendations are collectively reducing over 21,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year through home energy retrofits.
The Sustainable Technology Education Project (STEP)
Founded in 2002, STEP is a subgroup of the larger University of Waterloo Sustainability Project (UWSP). Its mission is to educate students and the general public about sustainable design and technologies through the demonstration of projects managed, designed, and built by students, and through various events held each semester.
The University of Waterloo Sustainability Project (UWSP)
UWSP is a student-governed and student-funded service for the university community and the community abroad. UWSP plays a vital role in assisting other student functions on campus in sustainability-related issues and in networking various student groups.
Waterloo North Hydro Inc.
Waterloo North Hydro Inc. is regulated and licensed by the Ontario Energy Board to provide all regulated electricity distribution services to over 50,000 business and residential customers in the City of Waterloo, Township of Woolwich and the Township of Wellesley.