Case Study: Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU)

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YNCU – Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, provides their community members with financial services and personalized solutions; fuelling local growth and building strong relationships. Since they joined the Impact Network in 2022, they have adjusted existing policies, taken new actions, implemented innovative programs, and made new partnerships in building and implementing their environmental initiatives.  YNCU’s Kitchener […]

IMS pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60%

[March, 14 2023] IMS has set a 60% reduction target by 2034, supported by Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Impact Network. This is IMS’s first target as a pledging partner! IMS’s target is an absolute reduction target with baseline data from 2020. Their target is based on data from three locations, one in Waterloo Region, and two […]

Ayr Farmers Mutual joins the Impact Network!

[February, 2024] Ayr Farmers Mutual is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s newest member of the Impact Network, joining as an Observing Organization! Ayr Farmers Mutual has continued to operate as a property & casualty insurance company since 1893, supporting and investing in generations of families, farms, and businesses in North Dumfries and surrounding communities. They are invested […]

Studio Locale Increases GHG Reduction Target To 60%

[January 2024] Studio Locale has increased their greenhouse gas reduction target from 20% to 60% as a Pledging Partner with Sustainable Waterloo Region supported by the Impact Network.  Studio Locale’s increased target remains an absolute GHG reduction target, including the optional Scope 3 emissions to track employee commuting. They will also report on electricity and […]

15 Years of SWR: Giving the Gift of Time

SWR has been showing the love to Waterloo region (and beyond) for 15 years now. And looking back it is hard to believe that so much time has passed and so much has been accomplished.  During this time we have worked with businesses, municipalities, organizations, the community in general, to build a better future for […]

Connecting with Our Community and the Earth: A Re-cap of our 2023 Microforest Planting Season

In 2023, we saw our Microforest Planting Program grow exponentially – not only in size, but in quality, connection, and participation. We planted 12 different microforests across the Waterloo Region, expanding east to Woolwich and west to Wilmot. We saw new types of trees and shrubs serving new purposes, and created days of remembering and […]

Celebrating Our First Ever Carbon Cleanse Sponsors!

It is with great excitement and immense gratitude that we take a moment to recognize and celebrate the generous sponsors who collaborated with us for the very first time to make our 9th annual Carbon Cleanse competition a grand success! Carbon Cleanse is an annual competition that challenges organizations and their employees to reduce their […]

Engaging Employees in Sustainability through Carbon Cleanse 2023!

We had an exciting time during our 9th Carbon Cleanse Challenge, which took place between the 2nd and the 27th of October, 2023! This exciting annual competition encourages our member organizations and their employees to engage in simple, with fun tasks that reduce environmental impact.

Little Mushroom Catering joins the Impact Network

[August 2023] Little Mushroom Catering is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s (SWR) newest member of the Impact Network, joining as an Observing Organization! Members of our network have invested in better understanding the impacts of their operations on environmental sustainability. They use program resources to build a culture of sustainability among employees and to engage employees as […]

Woodstock Hospital and Stryker Case Study

Woodstock General Hospital has adopted an innovative program to reduce medical waste in partnership with Stryker. This program, available to hospitals across the country, has enabled Woodstock Hospital to divert more than 500 lbs of medical device waste from landfills and saved them $87,000 in supply costs. Stryker provides waste disposal for single-use devices, including […]