The construction industry has been known for making positive contributions to our lives in various ways; putting up the walls of buildings that support our careers, developing roads that allow us to travel through various walks of life, and constructing the roofs over our head.

It makes sense that such a fundamental industry would be leaders in building the foundation for a sustainable future, through a commitment to reduce their operational greenhouse gas emissions.

This month we are happy to announce that 2 leading general contractors in Waterloo Region have joined the Regional Carbon Initiative as Observing Organizations.

S.G. Cunningham has been in business in Waterloo Region for over 35 years with a commitment to keeping pace with the growth in modern technology, and industry best practices. Their community involvement ranges from cancer foundations to a commitment to eco-friendly practices.  Project Manager John Deans contributed more than $30,000 to the fight against cancer biking 115 kms in Grand River Hospital’s Foundation Ride with Lance Armstrong. The firm also encourages their clients to use green building strategies, and with their recent commitment to RCI membership, will begin to adopt these strategies themselves to help reduce costs over time, improve health and lower their environmental impact.

Sutherland-Schultz, a Vollmer company has had a strong commitment to their values since establishment in 1922. With a reputation for industry leadership in Southwestern Ontario, it is directly aligned with this firm’s interests to pioneer sustainability in the construction industry. Recognizing their environmental commitment locally and globally, Sutherland-Schultz exercises environmentally conscious decision making. Their CLEAN (continual improvement; limiting and preventing pollution; ensuring legal compliance; aiming to reduce, reuse and recycle; neat, clean workplace) philosophy is one of many stepping stones the company has made to lessen their environmental impact.

Sustainable Waterloo Region is excited to begin this journey with these two industry leaders as we work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Waterloo Region.