- Some RCI members are stuck as an Observing Organization because they are in a leased space and can’t make big changes to the infrastructure of their office and often cannot measure their individual carbon footprint
- Other organizations, such as startups, don’t yet have a carbon footprint, making it impossible to set a reduction target.
- There are still others for whom, carbon isn’t their biggest impact. For these members, setting a carbon target is not relevant, yet other measurable targets would be.
On June 16th 2009, Sustainable Waterloo Region officially launched its flagship program, the Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI). The launch event celebrated the organization’s first three Pledging Partners, which has since grown to a membership of over 60 organizations. In 2015, Veriform was one of three organizations to reach their carbon reduction target, and the first member to become carbon neutral, making them the RCI’s first ever alumni. The RCI has had a great deal of success, with impressive commitments from members to reduce their environmental impact. Despite that success, the program has also faced numerous challenges.