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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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Take a trip on the LRT

The Region of Waterloo recently launched Stage 1 of the ION light rail transit (LRT). With a total of 19 stops, the light rail runs from Conestoga station in Waterloo to Fairway station in Kitchener. This new transportation service provides an efficient, and convenient alternative commuting method, and will reduce the usage of cars in […]

Building More than an Exhibition: THEMUSEUM Brings Awareness of Climate Crisis to KW

THEMUSUEM, located in downtown Kitchener, is no stranger to sustainability, having hosted the “Transporting your Business” discussion in June. Now, in order to bring a conversation about climate change to Waterloo Region, THEMUSEUM is looking to bring international artists and local innovators together to address this crisis. The result? A Climate Festival called ALARM. Sustainable […]

EY Leads Lunch & Learn on Sustainable Financial Reporting

Last week, the Accelerator Center hosted a Lunch and Learn on the topic of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration for small-medium sized businesses. Jane Brid (Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability Services) and Jessica Knutson (Manager) from EY led the discussion on how market leaders have used frameworks to support a low carbon economy. […]

Transporting your Business

     On Thursday, June 13, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted “Transporting your Business” at THEMUSEUM located in Kitchener, Ontario. There were three speakers from North, Quarry and Geotab, all discussing opportunities for businesses to reduce their transportation-related carbon emissions and provide employees with alternative transportation choices. According to ClimateActionWR’s 2015 report,  27% of greenhouse […]

Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award

The Evening of Recognition is always a highlight of our year, and we love being able to connect with the community and share the stories of the work and achievements our members are undertaking. This year, we were excited to recognize two of our members who partnered to achieve a shared environmental goal with the […]

Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia

On March 5th, SWR hosted “Venturing into Sustainable Business: A Talk with Patagonia.” Patagonia is a giant in the business of sustainable operations. Started by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 as Chouinard Equipment, the company developed from producing one piece of environmentally conscious climbing equipment for Yvon and his friends. The two speakers for the evening, […]

Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance

Last month, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted a Spring Cleaning event at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. Attendees at the event came to learn about how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance for their commercial properties. The first speaker was Bala Gnanam, the Vice President of Energy, Environment & Strategic Partnerships at BOMA (Building Owners & Managers […]

Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly

Patrick is a volunteer on the finance team at SWR. He sets direction for the organization’s financial processes and activities alongside management and board members. From the moment we first met Patrick we were inspired by his strong passion for sustainability and the amazing technical knowledge that he brings to our team. We admire and […]