Author Archives: Clarissa Charles

So Fresh & So Clean: SWR Launches a New Brand!

If you’re looking around our website and notice that something is looking a little different–that’s because it is! Sustainable Waterloo Region officially has a new website, new branding, new names for some of our programs, and even changes to our social media channels! After a year in the making and a lot of hard work […]

Sustainable Waterloo Region is Celebrating its Annual Recognition Event!

It’s been another great year of sustainable community building and incredible transformation in Waterloo Region, and we’re so excited to celebrate everything that our members achieved in 2021 at our Annual Recognition Event.  After two years of amazing online events, we’re excited to see some semblance of normalcy and have evolv1 buzzing with energy again! This […]

Launching Our Clean Economy Cluster Map

We recently launched our Clean Economy Cluster Map in partnership with the Region of Waterloo, WR Community Energy, and Waterloo EDC. This Map showcases 125+ companies, research groups, and community organizations in Waterloo Region that are leading the way for sustainable innovation in buildings, transportation, energy, agriculture, waste, and more. This map demonstrates the capacity […]

EV Charging Incentive Program Available for SWR Members

Joining Sustainable Waterloo Region’s flagship program -the Regional Sustainability Initiative- just got a whole lot more exciting! Our colleagues at Green Economy Canada have partnered with Natural Resources Canada to provide a unique opportunity for members to access funding to cover a portion of the cost of EV charging installation. Starting February 4th, Members of […]

Research Recap: 3D Printed Buildings

Could the future of building construction be 3D printing? There are increased efforts to 3D print buildings to reduce waste in construction and use more recycled materials to create homes. With many new projects and technologies being developed focusing on 3D-printing through companies such as WASP and the Horizon Legacy Group, it is possible that […]

Voices of Sustainability: Season 1 Recap

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This past summer, Sustainable Waterloo Region was thrilled to expand its presence to the airwaves with a new podcast, Voices of Sustainability! This new podcast aims to amplify diverse voices in the sustainability movement. Throughout season 1, hosts Savonnae Street and Lauren Peng had the opportunity to speak with BIPOC community members working in Waterloo […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thank You to Our Regional Sustainability Initiative Volunteers!

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Over the last 10 years, I have volunteered in various roles across the organization helping with Year-End Report, Fundraising and Business Development and now have the honour of supporting Sustainable Waterloo Region as a member of the staff team. I love the flexibility of our organization’s volunteer model for providing opportunities to learn new skills, […]