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 […]