Author Archives: Alana Rigby

Setting a GHG Target with the Regional Sustainability Initiative

The Regional Sustainability Initiative works with companies across Waterloo Region to empower them to meet their sustainability goals. We collaborate with organizations like yours to set voluntary reduction targets in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), water, and waste diversion.  Every organization’s sustainability journey is unique. Our milestones provide a customized approach for organizations of varying sizes […]

HIP Developments joins the Regional Sustainability Initiative

Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) is pleased to announce that HIP Developments has joined the Regional Sustainability Initiative as an Observing Organization! Through this membership they gain access to an extensive member network to learn best practices to create a culture of sustainability that will engage employees as advocates, as they look to set ambitious and […]

A Transportation Revolution | The Sustainable Working Series

COVID-19 dramatically changed our travel habits. The sudden shift from driving to work every day to working from home has meant less vehicles on the road, and fewer transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Building back better in the wake of COVID-19 will mean continuing this trend of decreasing transportation-associated emissions and committing to more sustainable […]

Waterloo Region District School Board aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions 20% by 2030

[Waterloo, November 20, 2020] The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) has set a 20% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2030, supported by Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Sustainability Initiative. The WRDSB includes 128 buildings and 365 portables and portapaks, and their 20% commitment represents one of many tangible actions towards reducing the GHGs […]

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-Lab was developed by B-Lab to allow companies to internally assess their operations against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The […]

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 a unique opportunity to implement new, more sustainable business practices. A sustainable future is important […]

Celebrating 2019’s Regional Sustainability Initiative Award Winners

The Regional Sustainability Initiative is a program of Sustainable Waterloo Region that fosters the development of the local green economy by supporting organizations to set ambitious and realistic sustainability targets.  Each year, we recognize member organizations that have gone above and beyond achieving their sustainability goals. Though we have previously celebrated award winners in person […]

Faces of SWR – Liz Dirksen

Liz Dirksen spends her days as a Digital Marketing Supervisor, but that is just her secret identity. In her spare time she moonlights as our Communications Superhero/Manager! Liz leads a creative team of graphic designers, public relations and marketing professionals, who are using their extensive expertise to help us in developing a strong and consistent […]