Mike Morrice to lead the launch of a national network based on the Regional Carbon Initiative model

(Waterloo Region, ON) May 30, 2013 – Sustainable Waterloo Region has announced that Mike Morrice will be transitioning out of his role as Executive Director in Fall 2013 in order to lead the launch of a national network created to share the Regional Carbon Initiative model.

Since its inception in 2009, Sustainable Waterloo Region’s flagship program, the Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI), has grown to include 60 member organizations representing 13 per cent of the workforce in Waterloo Region. Of those organizations, 17 have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 45,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking 10,000 cars off Waterloo Region roads each year. Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) is also a partner in ClimateActionWR, provides coordination services for TravelWise, and actively engages, in a non-partisan manner, on public policy issues.

Over the past three years, more than a dozen communities across North America have reached out to SWR for mentorship in building similar successes within their own communities. In response to this growing interest, Mike will be leading the launch of Sustainability CoLab, a national network focused on enabling, mobilizing, and building the capacity for community-driven and action-oriented approaches to business sustainability, with an initial focus on supporting the development of GHG reduction initiatives in Ontario communities. SWR will be one of the first ‘affiliates’ of this new network.

“Mike has done an extraordinary job creating and leading an organization that exemplifies the power of grassroots change,” says Dr. Barry Colbert, Chair of SWR’s Board of Directors. “We thank him for his leadership and inspiration, and look forward to finding the person who will take the foundation that Mike has built to exciting new heights.”

“I’m proud of the emerging sustainability network that organizations across Waterloo Region  have championed over the past several years, and I’m equally excited by the greater impact Sustainable Waterloo Region will be able to have working alongside other communities we’ve helped inspire,” says Mike.

Mike will continue to live and work in Waterloo Region. He plans on remaining on the Board of SWR and one of his primary focuses at Sustainability CoLab will be to support the new Executive Director at Sustainable Waterloo Region.

Looking for a dynamic new leader

Recruitment for SWR’s new Executive Director is underway. Applications for the Executive Director position at SWR are being accepted until Wednesday June 12th at 5pm. For more information, please see the job posting at www.sustainablewr.ca/EDPosition.

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