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Recap: Celebrating Sustainability 2019
Recap: Celebrating Sustainability 2019
Waterloo region is home to so many incredible organizations, innovations,and solutions that are leading toward our stronger, more prosperousfuture. Please join us in celebrating all of them and thanking them for thework they are doing, creating cult ...
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Get to Know ChargeWR
Get to Know ChargeWR
November 20, 2020 – ChargeWR  The ChargeWR program grew out of a desire to support businesses in the Region of Waterloo with the adoption of electric vehicle infrastructure. In 2019, Council voted unanimously that the climate emergency ...
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Event Recap: Anti-Racism & Sustainability in Waterloo Region
Event Recap: Anti-Racism & Sustainability in Waterloo Region
On September 17th 2020, Sustainable Waterloo Region had the privilege to partner with Future Ancestors Services in presenting Anti-Racism & Sustainability in Waterloo Region: A Facilitated Discussion. This two hour event with Future Ancestors Fo ...
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Building Back Better Report
Building Back Better Report
November 13, 2020 – ChargeWR  A publication by the sustainable business organization, Corporate Knights showcases a stirring examination of the economic recovery strategies that can be applied in the Canadian context to build econo ...
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The Future of E-Score: Introducing SDG Progress Tracking
The Future of E-Score: Introducing SDG Progress Tracking
The Regional Sustainability Initiative is excited to bring Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Progress Tracking to Reporting Members! The Sustainable Development Goal Action Manager (SDG AM), a tool created by the UN Global Compact and B-La ...
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When we return to our offices, why not start composting?
When we return to our offices, why not start composting?
Feeling inspired by Waste month in October? Want to keep the momentum going and decrease your Office waste every month? Well, you have come to the right place! As many organizations plan their return to office workspaces, we collectively have ...
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The Sustainable Working Series: Reducing Waste in the (Home) Office
The Sustainable Working Series: Reducing Waste in the (Home) Office
COVID-19 is changing the very nature of employee engagement and workplace culture, including the culture of sustainability within businesses. Working from home during the pandemic has had positive impacts on the environment, but as lockdown meas ...
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Reducing Your Waste While You Work From Home
Reducing Your Waste While You Work From Home
2020 is likely the year when many of us started working from home for the first time and it has meant big  changes, to our routines, workspaces, and more! After having time to adjust and adapt, it may be the right time to reflect on how we can ensur ...
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Webinar Recap: Creating a Carbon Budget
Webinar Recap: Creating a Carbon Budget
On Thursday, September 10th, we were lucky to have Maurya Braun from the City of Edmonton and Karine Hertzberg and Catrin Robertsen from the City of Oslo to educate and share their approaches for advancing a climate budget in their communities. Want ...
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Last December, I vividly remember walking into the SWR office (unit 430C in the Tannery building at the time) the morning after some sneaky ‘elves’ had decorated for the holidays. I remember I was getting in early on a Monday morning, in a now-familiar effort to get ahead of the week. I remember it was […]

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Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 4th Annual Photo Contest

Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 3rd Annual Photo Contest sparked community action throughout the Waterloo Region in 2011. Photos were taken of solar roofs, tree planting, and even a local office wearing sweaters because they turned down their heat, among other submissions! Photos and stories submitted were used to enhance our 2011 Report and inspired environmental awareness […]

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5 Lessons for Building a Sustainable Culture

On October 4th, Sustainable Waterloo Region held their first educational forum of the 2012/2013 Regional Carbon Initiative event season surrounding the business case for “Building a Sustainable Culture”. Two speakers motivated Wilfrid Laurier’s packed Paul Martin Hall full of business leaders and sustainability enthusiasts in the area. Anthea Rowe from the Network for Business Sustainability […]

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A Delicate Balance

A few weeks ago I was on the phone with an SWR team member, and we were just ending a somewhat emotional conversation. Before we hung up, this team member reminded me, provocatively and with exasperation: “Mike, you need to let me and my team make mistakes, so that we can learn from them ourselves.” […]

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Number of local organizations working to reduce carbon emissions reaches a new high

University of Waterloo and Grand River Hospital join Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Carbon Initiative, bringing the number of member organizations to 50 (Waterloo Region, ON) October 2, 2012 –The University of Waterloo and Grand River Hospital have signed on as Observing Organizations in Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI), bringing the number of local […]

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The Best of Both Worlds

At Sustainable Waterloo Region, we’re celebrating a milestone – we have recently welcomed our 50th member organization to the Regional Carbon Initiative. These new members demonstrate that the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is registering as a priority in many leading institutions within our community. In the past six weeks,organizations such as Stantec and Grand […]

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After Peer Review

A couple of months ago, some friends and I stuffed ourselves into a cargo van (donated to us by the Biology Department at the University of Waterloo) to support something very important to us.  SCIENCE!  The Death of Evidence march/rally was organized in response to recent changes to environmental assessments in Canada (which will focus […]

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Congratulations, Catherine Fife!

I am happy to have the honour, on behalf of Sustainable Waterloo Region, of congratulating Catherine Fife on becoming the elected representative for the residents of the Kitchener-Waterloo riding. Ms. Fife was sworn in this morning as a Member of Provincial Parliament, joining other provincial and federal leaders in Waterloo Region including: Federally Harold Albrecht […]

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Coming Home

It was August 2010 when I left the Events Manager staff position at Sustainable Waterloo Region. Having volunteered and worked here since the organization’s start, it was truly heartbreaking to leave, but I had my mind set on entering the world of teaching. For that reason, September saw me start at the WLU Faculty of […]

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Kitchener-Waterloo By-Election – Candidate Response: Tracey Weiler, Ontario PC Party

In the lead-up to last fall’s general election in Ontario, Sustainable Waterloo Region partnered to create a non-partisan expert review of the energy policies of leading political parties, entitledOntario’s Energy Future: A Climate Change Perspective, with the goal of informing the debate surrounding the province’s energy and climate future. Now, one year later, residents of the […]

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