(Waterloo Region, ON) February 28, 2012 – The Centre In The Square and THEMUSEUM have taken a significant step in improving their environmental sustainability by joining Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Carbon Initiative.

Centre In The Square and THEMUSEUM have joined 40 other Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) members from a diversity of sectors across Waterloo Region, each committed to setting voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals. They are the first arts organizations to take this step, and the hope is that other arts-based organizations will join them.

“THEMUSEUM is thrilled to be part of this important local initiative. We have been working hard to make environmental efficiency and awareness part of THEMUSEUM’s mandate – from installing the Living Wall in the Atrium to changing to energy efficient light bulbs, and even installing solar panels on our roof. We are bursting with new ideas to make THEMUSEUM more energy efficient and Sustainable Waterloo Region will help get us there,” says THEMUSEUM CEO David Marskell.

“For several years now Centre In The Square has been quietly working toward a more efficient operation that not only reduces our energy consumption but also positively affects our bottom line costs. As a not-for-profit arts organization we believe this is vital. We are excited to team up with Sustainable Waterloo Region to celebrate our successes more broadly and to work with their experts to further reduce our GHG emissions and make an even greater impact on our community,” states Bill Nuhn, Acting General Manager.

Mike Morrice, Executive Director of Sustainable Waterloo Region, is glad to see these leading arts organizations build on their existing sustainability initiatives by joining the RCI. “Our connection to nature instinctively inspires artistic expression, so it’s fitting for these leaders to be working towards sustainability across their organizations. We hope their commitment to action will inspire other arts-based organizations across our community,” he says.

“We commend Centre In The Square and THEMUSEUM for their initiative in taking this noteworthy step to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions,” adds Heather Sinclair, CEO of Creative Enterprise Initiative. “This is a tremendous demonstration of their commitment and initiative, and we’re proud that they continue to find innovative ways to connect arts, business, and entrepreneurship in Waterloo Region.”

About Sustainable Waterloo Region

Sustainable Waterloo Region advances the environmental sustainability of organizations across Waterloo Region through collaboration. The current work of Sustainable Waterloo Region is focused on the Regional Carbon Initiative, which facilitates voluntary target-setting and reductions of carbon emissions by organizations across Waterloo Region. Fore more information about Sustainable Waterloo Region and the RCI, please visit www.sustainablewaterlooregion.ca.

For more information about Centre In The Square, please visit www.centre-square.com

For more information about THEMUSEUM, please visit www.themuseum.ca

For more information about Creative Enterprise Initiative, please visit www.creativeenterprise.ca