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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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Recycle Your Tree!

We’ve seen the discussions about which is a more environmentally sustainable Christmas tree, artificial or real, but we wanted to find out exactly what happens to real trees when the holidays are over. We connected with Region of Waterloo Waste Management to find out what happens to our trees when they’ve reached the end of […]

Reflections on COP21

The Sustainable Waterloo Region network has some pretty incredible people in it, and that includes the amazing folks on our board of directors. While none of the SWR core team was able to attend COP21, we were represented there by one of our board members, Ian Rowlands. For those of you that may not have […]

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Organizations in Waterloo Region taking local action for global climate change

WATERLOO REGION, ON (December 17, 2015) – There have been extraordinary conversations about climate change on the global level over the last week at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, COP21, but closer to home, Waterloo Region is ahead of the curve in taking action to combat climate change. Close to 70 organizations in Waterloo Region, […]

Greener Gifting – In Closing

I had so much fun creating a gift-giving blog that highlighted amazing and committed local businesses. Being able to go to all of these places and talk to business owners was eye-opening, and I know it will help me make more conscious decisions when I’m shopping. I hope it was able to spark something in […]

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Top 8 Sustainability Stories at University of Waterloo

I spent a recent -afternoon on University of Waterloo’s campus meeting with Mat Thijssen, UW’s Sustainability Coordinator. He’s a tall, soft-spoken, and articulate man who respects data as much as he does the environment. He strikes me as exactly the type of sustainability professional you’d expect to see at UW. On the heels of the […]

Greener Gifting – The Working Centre

About On Tuesday, December 8th I attended a Waterloo Region Environment Network event and ran into Jane Snyder, who I recognized from a previous job. She asked about the work that I was doing, and when I told her about this blog series she told me about work she had done creating gift ideas for […]

Greener Gifting – Thrift On Kent

About If you’d like to approach holiday shopping with the intention of giving, charities and non-profits are a great way to do achieve this. At SWR, we had a gift exchange at our holiday party where we were told only to bring items that were either thrifted or that we already owned. I chose to […]

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Greener Gifting – Eco-Coffee

The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans fills the air in the old mill building in St Jacobs. Eco-Coffee is a local roaster that provides high quality and ethically sourced coffee. They show their commitment to sustainability through various efforts such as supporting businesses that are certified through the Rainforest Alliance, Certified Fair Trade, and […]

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Greener Gifting – Cocoon Apothecary

About After her dad and dog were both diagnosed with cancer in 1995, Jessica had an epiphany about something that we all know but don’t always pay attention to; there are chemicals in a lot of products we use that contain carcinogens. It was at this time that she started being more conscious of what […]

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Greener Gifting – Gifted

About When looking for holiday gifts, it’s a good sign to find a store named Gifted. Gifted is owned by a lovely woman named Sylvia, who found her passion for “gifty” items through a full time job where part of her job was to source these items. At some point her job changed and this […]

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