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 was Bala Gnanam, the Vice President of Energy, Environment & Strategic Partnerships at BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) Toronto. BOMA Toronto promotes best practices within the real estate industry through the use of the BOMA BEST program, Canada’s largest environmental assessment and certification program for existing buildin ...
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 sustainability and the amazing technical knowledge that he brings to our team. We admire and appreciate his great sense of humour.
Patrick has taken on the challenge of contributing key financial decisions, best practice setting, monthly reporting, budgeting, annual financial audits, and infusion of financial knowledge across the SWR staff team. We wo ...
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 first-hand experience in implementing waste reduction strategies in their organizations.
Ben Dunbar, the Manager of Waste Operations at AET Group Inc., provided an overview of waste audits for industrial and commercial companies. Waste audits allow organizations to quantify and characterize the waste generation of their operations. Audits are usef ...
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 benefits of implementing energy management and energy efficiency projects in their own offices and workplaces.
Greg Rushby, the founding principal of Rushby Energy Solutions Inc., was the first speaker. Greg offered a great introduction to the morning by outlining what energy management means for organizations. Energy management is a continuous, pro ...
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 ...
Danielle Avila |
December 16, 2011
Sustainable Waterloo Region is pleased to announce the launch of its 3rd Annual Photo Contest! To date, our Photo Contests have been a great way to integrate the community into our Year-End Report and we are excited to do so again this year. This marks the third year where, instead of using generic stock photos […]
Cam Scott |
December 12, 2011
Last week I, along with colleagues Sarah and David, test drove a new Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) through WISE (Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy) at the University of Waterloo. I was surprised by the general power, feel, responsiveness, and handling of the vehicle itself. Even at 110 km/h on the highway, the i-MiEV […]
Matthew Day |
December 5, 2011
Sustainable Waterloo Region and e3 Solutions would like to introduce RCI members to the new Carbon Accounting Tool (CAT 2.0). CAT 2.0 is the second iteration of the carbon accounting software RCI members have been using for the past two and a half years to quantify GHG emissions, identify trends and reduction areas, and ultimately […]
Kelly McMath |
November 22, 2011
KITCHENER — Germany doesn’t get much sunshine. Its coastlines are not huge. Yet in the course of a decade, that country managed to become a global production centre for solar and off-shore wind energy and created more than 300,000 renewable energy jobs in the process. Chris Turner, author of The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive […]
Matthew Day |
November 18, 2011
Kitchener – Enermodal Engineering’s headquarters, A Grander View , has become the first LEED Canada triple Platinum building with certifications in the New Construction, Commercial Interiors, and Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating systems. This is also the first ever LEED Canada EB:O&M Platinum certified project. A Grander View received its NC and CI Platinum […]
Kelly McMath |
November 16, 2011
Sustainable Waterloo Region, in partnership with the German Consulate, Canada’s Technology Triangle, and WalterFedy, welcome bestselling Canadian author Chris Turner to Waterloo Region, on his speaking tour profiling the latest innovations in German cleantech and sustainable design. For more than a decade, Germany has been the global pacesetter in renewable energy and sustainable industrial development. […]
Miles DePaul |
November 8, 2011
Sustainable Waterloo Region, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, has recently launched research into the possibility of scaling up the work of SWR to regions and communities across Ontario. In the past we have informally coached communities in Niagara (the Niagara Sustainability Initiative) and Hamilton (Sustainable Hamilton), however we have yet to establish […]
Mike Morrice |
October 31, 2011
While I often spend time in conversations related to planning and strategizing the future direction of this organization, I find reflecting on our work is equally important. And as I sit to write this post, my alma mater (Wilfrid Laurier), is in the midst of their Fall commencement ceremony – where they give students […]
Sarah Brown |
October 20, 2011
In September 2011, Sustainable Waterloo Region’s office moved from its cherished Uptown Waterloo location. While sad to say goodbye to the office that saw the first two and half very formative years of the organization, the team is excited to make the move to the vibrant, creative and collaborative space that is the Tannery District. […]
Kelly McMath |
September 21, 2011
(WATERLOO REGION, ON) September 21, 2011 – The David Suzuki Foundation and Sustainable Waterloo Region are releasing today their collaborative report, Ontario’s Energy Future: A Climate Change Perspective. The report is a non-partisan, expert review of the energy policy platforms of the four leading political parties with the goal of informing the debate surrounding the […]