Activa is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s newest member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative, joining as an Observing Organization! Through their membership, they will gain access to a valuable network of like-minded individuals across the Waterloo Region. The program supports organizations who are looking to improve their environmental impact by aiding in setting ambitious and realistic sustainability targets. 

“We are so excited to have Activa joining the Sustainable Waterloo Region network of leaders in our community,” said Tova, Executive Director of Sustainable Waterloo Region. “Activa has a fantastic opportunity to look at the impact of its own operations, to align this with the amazing work that they do with their Net Zero Ready homes and our team is excited to support them to make this happen!”

Since 1988, Activa has been building communities in the Waterloo Region. As a major real estate developer, they value innovation and continuous improvement. Activa is committed to giving back to the communities they work in and were the recipient of the Community Builder of the Year award at the 2021 Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala. As they look towards the future, they understand the importance of incorporating sustainability and best practices into their business.

“At Activa, we are always looking to the future, prioritizing creating healthier, energy-efficient and sustainable places for our homeowners to live,” said Activa’s Chief Administrative Officer, Geoff McMurdo. “Our focus on ENERGY STAR and Net Zero Ready homes have enabled us to be a leader today; and by partnering with SWR, it lays the foundation to continue to look to the future at all layers of our business, beyond just our home building operations.”

Activa practices sustainable choices in their projects by building the majority of their homes as ENERGY STAR® certified, developing Net Zero Ready homes, and working towards Net Zero Ready communities. They have proven their leadership in energy efficiency as a recipient of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes, Builder of the Year – Large Volume award from EnerQuality (2021) and Natural Resources Canada (2020, 2019). Activa’s team is eager to expand their sustainability focus to other areas of their business, and through partnering with the Regional Sustainability Initiative, they’ll gain access to resources and examples to inspire them.

We are pleased to have such a community-focused organization joining the Regional Sustainability Initiative and are enthusiastic about the contributions they will bring.

About Activa

Activa is Waterloo Region’s largest and most active home builder and land developer, bringing life to communities through their home designs and neighbourhood planning. Activa proudly offers a unique customer experience journey for its homeowners to reduce the anxiety and stress that often comes with building a home and is committed to going above and beyond minimum building code practices through participation in programs like ENERGY STAR® and by offering Net Zero Ready homes.

Activa Media Relations Contact

Geoff McMurdo

Chief Administrative Officer, Activa

About Sustainable Waterloo Region and the Regional Sustainability Initiative 

Sustainable Waterloo Region is a social enterprise non-profit that helps the local business community, and Waterloo Region as a whole, become more environmentally and economically sustainable, and therefore stronger. 

Our Regional Sustainability Initiative program facilitates setting voluntary reduction targets in greenhouse gas emissions, water, and waste diversion and provides a customized approach to inspire action and support transformation in organizations of varying size and industry.

SWR Media Relations Contact:

Tova Davidson

Executive Director, SWR

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