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EY Leads Lunch & Learn on Sustainable Financial Reporting
EY Leads Lunch & Learn on Sustainable Financial Reporting
Last week, the Accelerator Center hosted a Lunch and Learn on the topic of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration for small-medium sized businesses. Jane Brid (Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability Services) and Jessica Knutso ...
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Transporting your Business
Transporting your Business
     On Thursday, June 13, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted “Transporting your Business” at THEMUSEUM located in Kitchener, Ontario. There were three speakers from North, Quarry and Geotab, all discussing opportunities for businesses to ...
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Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
The Evening of Recognition is always a highlight of our year, and we love being able to connect with the community and share the stories of the work and achievements our members are undertaking. This year, we were excited to recognize two of our memb ...
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Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
On March 5th, SWR hosted “Venturing into Sustainable Business: A Talk with Patagonia.” Patagonia is a giant in the business of sustainable operations. Started by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 as Chouinard Equipment, the company developed from producing one ...
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Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Last month, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted a Spring Cleaning event at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. Attendees at the event came to learn about how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance for their commercial properties. The first speaker ...
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Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Patrick is a volunteer on the finance team at SWR. He sets direction for the organization’s financial processes and activities alongside management and board members. From the moment we first met Patrick we were inspired by his strong passion for sus ...
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Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Last Tuesday (November 27, 2018), the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted an event at Borealis Grille & Bar entitled “Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach.” The sold-out event was a great success, featuring two speakers with ...
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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 b ...
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Grappling with an Intimidating Possibility: Advocacy

Sustainable Waterloo Region has historically been a non-profit focused on service delivery as a means of achieving our mission. Our mission, though it has evolved over the past three years, has always had the word ‘collaborative’ in it. And collaboration has been a core value since the beginning, while continuing to define the organization. Personally, […]

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In the Course of 4 Months

Friday was the first snowfall of the winter and I can say the feeling is peculiar. Peculiar because it reminds me that my coop term here at Sustainable Waterloo Region is rapidly coming to an end and the fact that on the way to my first team meeting, I was sweating walking to the office […]

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Sustainable Waterloo Region Photo Contest

Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 2009 Report Photo Contest featured contributions from dozens of photographers in Waterloo Region from all skill levels. Their photos garnished our inaugural 2009 Report.  But not only did these photos create a local feel to our report (thus avoiding the need to use generic stock photos), they also taught us a few […]

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A Coarse Comparison: Public Transit vs. A Personal Car

Over the past year, I began voluntarily leaving my car at home in favour of public transit for trips outside of Waterloo Region. My intention was to begin to wean myself off of my car, in favour of a more sustainable mode of transportation. This summer I was on the bus back to Waterloo from […]

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CIGI ’10 – Climate of Action

Earlier this month Waterloo’s own Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) held its annual conference, CIGI’10 – Climate of Action. The conference gathered over 60 experts in climate policy, science, business, and NGOs to discuss the global governance options and opportunities surrounding climate change. Despite an emphasis on how institutions like the UNFCCC (United Nations […]

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How Will our Mayoral Candidates Support an Environmentally Sustainable Waterloo Region?

With the election less than a month away and mayoral candidates campaigning in full swing, it’s time for residents in Waterloo Region to think hard about the issues that are important to them, and how our elected officials are going to represent us in their respective offices, be they in Cambridge, in Kitchener, in Waterloo, […]

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A Valuable Lesson: Social Media Breakfast Waterloo Region

This past Wednesday, September 22, Sustainable Waterloo Region’s events manager, Helena, and I attended Social Media Breakfast Waterloo Region at the Kitchener Market. The guest speaker, Joe Thornley, spoke about “Building Relationships. Creating Opportunities” within the sphere of social media. I enjoyed attending Social Media Breakfast Waterloo Region and would recommend attending future breakfasts – […]

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The Launch of MemberLink

Tomorrow is a big day for Sustainable Waterloo Region. Not only are we hosting our first event of our 2010/2011 event season, but we are also launching a new online community for our Regional Carbon Initiative members.  MemberLink will provide a central, collaborative space for our Regional Carbon Initiative members to share ideas and resources […]

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The World’s Oldest Living Things

If you had the chance, what would you ask a 9,550 year old spruce tree? I’ve been thinking about this question for a few days and I’m still not sure. If it was 200 years old, I’d ask it what piece of technology has changed the world the most. If it was 2000 years old […]

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My Doubts Dug up from the Foundation

Planning my first event at Sustainable Waterloo Region clouded my head with the wave of emotions it brought: I was nervous because I was filling in the shoes of a more than capable individual that seemed to have no flaws; I was excited because I love planning and organizing events; I was slightly confused because […]

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