Township of Wilmot Featured in Case Study
Having been a member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative since 2015, the Township of Wilmot has become the first township in Waterloo Region to set a public greenhouse gas reduction target. They are working towards reducing their emissions by 25% using 2012 as their baseline. Some of their projects are already showing successful savings in both cost and energy usage. Check out their case study to learn more
Change Management and Sustainability
On June 13th, professionals gathered at the Walper Hotel in Kitchener for a Change Management and Sustainability event, where change management practice, tools, and how to apply them were discussed. Matthew Day, Manager of SWR’s Regional Sustainability Initiative, opened the event with a brief overview of Regional Sustainability Initiative’s end-of-year member survey. The top three goals across all members were: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reducing energy use, and increasing employee engagement. The goal of employee engagement stuck out because many members expressed a desire for ...
Event Recap – It’s All About the Numbers
On May 22nd 2018, Paul Rak (President and founder of Cambridge-based VeriForm Inc.) made the business case for implementing low-technology sustainability initiatives into everyday business operations. The event took place at Waterloo North Hydro and was attended by an assortment of professionals looking to learn how to optimize sustainability, efficiency, and cost-savings in their operations.
Rak began by giving an overview of the company, when they started their journey towards sustainability, and the results the company has achieved since. VeriForm is a metal fabricating company which specia ...
Evening of Recognition 2018 Recap
Thursday, April 12 was a big day for Sustainable Waterloo Region and the many program participants and volunteers who help make everything we do such a success.
On April 12, we celebrated our 9th Evening of Recognition.
The Turret at Wilfrid Laurier University was standing room only as sustainability leaders gathered to celebrate their successes and achievements, swap stories, and share learnings.
That the event was held at Laurier was particularly meaningful; for 10 years, Wilfrid Laurier University has played a critical role in helping SWR and all Regional Sustainability Initiative members a ...
10 ways our volunteers ROCK!
Over the four years that I have been at Sustainable Waterloo Region, I have been repeatedly amazed and touched with the kinds of time and talent that are shared in this community to work together for the creation of a shared vision of the future. From students to community leadership, the volunteers at SWR are incredible.
I could try to articulate all the things that people have done, but my memory is, as many of you have heard me say” like a steel sieve”, so I would rather share the top 10 ways that volunteers make all of us at SWR so very grateful.
Professional expertise. Many of our volunt ...
Volunteers Support Professional Development
I’ve been a member of the SWR team for a long time, starting as a volunteer back in 2008. The volunteer structure at SWR is very close to my heart. Over the years, I’ve seen the power of this model and what it’s done for the organization, helping us to reach higher and do more, with limited financial resources. I’ve also seen the valuable and transferable work experience that volunteers have gained from being part of the SWR team. Recently, in the last year and a half, I’ve come to truly appreciate a new layer that’s been added to the model.
To set the context, historically our Human Resources ...
Thank you to all the Green Team volunteers
What many folks might not realize about sustainability-focused efforts is that not all organizations have the capacity to have a designated role for this. On many occasions, it is the voluntary work of one or handful of employees who are passionate about the environment. The effort to pull together a green team, engage the whole organization, integrate sustainability awareness, report on energy consumption and waste diversion – these tasks are completed alongside their primary role but with equal amounts of enthusiasm. This is why at the Regional Sustainability Initiative, we refer to them as ...
5+ Years’ of Volunteerism and Counting!
Sustainable Waterloo Region’s greatest resource is our people. We are able to accomplish SWR’s great work with a committed team of volunteers and a small staff driven by a shared passion to achieve an environmentally sustainable Waterloo Region for current and future generations.
Fueled by this passion, our volunteers join us for any number of reasons; from gaining meaningful work experience, to expanding professional networks, connecting with other like-minded individuals, or contributing their professional expertise to improve their local community. Our volunteer base is dynamic: as we welco ...
Mike Morrice |
December 16, 2010
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, […]
Lucy Ho |
November 29, 2010
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 […]
Matthew Day |
November 17, 2010
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 […]
Mike Morrice |
November 4, 2010
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 […]
Miles DePaul |
October 18, 2010
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 […]
Kelly McMath |
October 4, 2010
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, […]
Jenn Carreiro |
September 27, 2010
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 – […]
Helena Kwiecinski |
September 21, 2010
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 […]
Matthew Day |
September 20, 2010
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 […]
Helena Kwiecinski |
September 13, 2010
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 […]