Research Recap: Solar Ovens

When people think of solar energy, they often think of using it for the sake of replacing commonly-known sources of energy. However, did you know that solar energy can also be used for cooking? Solar ovens are increasingly popular as tools for cooking, and it’s possible that they could shape the future of the culinary […]

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WalterFedy goes Beyond Zero Carbon

A case study of an impactful project by a member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative WalterFedy is a leading integrated architecture and engineering firm with a history of strong sustainability commitments. They’ve been a member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative since 2011 and have recently launched Beyond Zero Carbon, a campaign that involves ambitious long-term […]

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Sustainable & Obsessively Local: Meet Borealis Grille

I recently had the chance to chat with Court Desautels, the Chief Executive Officer of the Neighbourhood Group. This umbrella organization owns Borealis Grille and Bar in Kitchener and Guelph and is obsessively local. We discussed sustainability, building upon heritage, and how the restaurant and umbrella company give back to the community and look forward […]

Research Recap: Transparent Solar Panels

Many people are aware of solar panels, used to generate electricity for buildings and offices. However, did you know that transparent solar panels exist? These transparent panels can be used for areas such as windows, buildings, and many other surfaces. This technology could, in fact, give buildings the potential to produce their own solar energy. […]

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Bavarian Window Works joins the Regional Sustainability Initiative

[Waterloo, July 28th 2021] Bavarian Window Works is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s newest member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative, joining as an Observing Organization! As a member, they become connected to an extensive member network of like-minded organizations to share and learn best practices. Members in our network have invested in better understanding the impacts of […]

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Research Recap: Tidal Wave Energy

Is it possible that one day, our main source of energy could come from the sea itself? Tidal energy stations currently exist all over the world as alternative sources of energy, from Canada to South Korea! Researchers are looking into ways to further harness the ocean’s tidal waves, to use them as cleaner energy sources […]

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Waste Reduction Target Launch

The Regional Sustainability Initiative is excited to announce the addition of a new sustainability target option for Pledging Partners in Milestone 4.  Previously, the Regional Sustainability Initiative offered 3 sustainability target options a member could choose to set when they reach Milestone 4: Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets Waste Diversion Targets  Water Impact Reduction Targets  […]

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MTE Consultants aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions 10% by 2029

MTE Consultants’ Kitchener office has set a 10% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2029, supported by Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Sustainability Initiative. This target will be the first within a new Pledge Level called Foundational Targets.  MTE’s target is an absolute GHG reduction target and includes emission sources from their facility in Waterloo […]

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Research Recap: 3D Printing the Clothes You Wear

Could 3D printed clothing be the future of fashion? As consumers raise concerns about the current state of fashion and its impact on the environment, the same goes for possible solutions to these issues. Brands all over the world are trying to incorporate 3D printing into their collections, as awareness grows about the waste that […]

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Fostering a Culture of Sustainability in a Multi-Unit Office Building: A Theory of Change

CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY BLOG SERIES “It is not only in the external physical environment, but just as much in our cultures […] that change has to take place, if we are to have a world that is sustainable for the human race in the future” Sture Packalén Since its inception, evolv1 has aspired to be […]

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