City of Waterloo

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Reduction commitment: 22% Reduction Commitment (intensity)

Business Type: Government: Municipal

The City of Waterloo is located in the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle, in the Region of Waterloo. Waterloo is a dynamic urban municipality in southwestern Ontario with a strong cultural and economic base. Renowned post-secondary institutions, global think tanks and major employers that call Waterloo home.

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Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects:


Building Upgrades: A widespread upgrade was conducted on City buildings that focused on energy efficiency; these upgrades include RTU replacements, LED lighting upgrades, occupancy sensors, BAS upgrades, low-flow plumbing fixtures, HVAC upgrades, thermal ice storage system and a chiller replacement. These upgrades in turn will not only produce energy savings, but also a reduction in water usage, GHG emissions, and operating expenses. Another building upgrade was carried out at the Button Factory, where the attic insulation was replaced with improved material.


Renewable Energy: Installed a solar and wind powered light at a fuel pump vehicle service centre and generated 165 kW hours while simultaneously offsetting 86 pounds of carbon.


RIM Park Upgrades: Installed new refrigeration controls and a new dehumidification system. This is estimated to reduce 110 tonnes of CO2 annually.

New VFD Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery: A Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) was set up and is estimated to have 6,714kWh energy savings for the building


Energy Audit Recommendations (2013-2015): The city began implementing recommendations found in their Energy Audits. For information please click here

ClimateActionWR: The City was a key participant in the development of the region’s Climate Action Plan. The plan will result in 842,148 CO2 savings across the region. More information can be found by clicking here

Corporate GHG/Energy Action Plan: Passed a corporate action plan to reduce emissions by 22% per capita. And a total of 2,770 tonnes of GHG emissions. More information can be found here

Other Projects: New dehumidification units installed at Moses Springer and Albert McCormick Community Centres (Estimated GHG savings 10.3 Tonnes), New RTU’s at Service Centre (Estimated energy savings 137kWh).

Renewable Energy:  Installation of solar panels at the RIM Park GreenLab.


LEED Buildings: Built three LEED certified buildings – Fire Station #4 is LEED Gold Certified, the John M. Harper District Branch Library and Stork Family YMCA is LEED Silver Certified.

Building Efficiency: Renovated HVAC and replaced all corridor lighting at City Hall.

Sustainability Culture:

The City has a voluntary staff-led team which meets once a month that includes Senior Management representation and support. Recently an internal Energy Management Committee was created to provide direction and strategic objectives on energy, air and waste. The members of the Energy Management Committee are committed to conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Sustainability Goals:

The City of Waterloo’s sustainability goals are outlined in the Environmental Strategy. Some these goals include:

  1. Efficiently use energy and resources while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste
  2. Reduce emissions as well as fuel, oil and water consumption of fleet vehicles and equipment
  3. Increase corporate reliance on renewable energy
  4. Monitor and support reduction of emissions related to employee travel and operations

Please click here for more information on the City’s goals

The City’s sustainability objectives are included in their Corporate Strategic Plan and Corporate Energy/GHG Action Plan. Through a restructuring initiative called ‘Forward 2013’ the organization has restructured itself to better integrate sustainability into their corporate structure. For instance they have created an Environmental Steward position in the Office of the CAO, combined the Fleet department into the Asset Management Division (thus now called Facilities & Fleet) and integrated the Environment and Parks Division into Community Services; thus directly supporting community quality of life.

“Networking and information sharing is promoting innovation. By building capacity we can work together in new ways in rapidly emerging area such as Climate Adaptation.”


Sustainability Policies:

Please click the links below for more information on the City’s detailed policies:

Business Travel 

Building Materials &Design

Equipment & Procurement


Sustainability Action Plan



Willis Award for Innovations (2014): The City received this national recognition from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) for its innovation and administrative excellence regarding its eco-drive initiative – a part of the City’s fleet greening efforts.

Additional Information and Pictures

image007RIM Park GreenLab Solar Installation


Environmental Reserve Community Planting Project


Tree Planting

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