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Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Last month, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted a Spring Cleaning event at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. Attendees at the event came to learn about how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance for their commercial properties. The first speaker was Bala Gnanam, the Vice President of Energy, Environment & Strategic Partnerships at BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) Toronto. BOMA Toronto promotes best practices within the real estate industry through the use of the BOMA BEST program, Canada’s largest environmental assessment and certification program for existing buildin ...
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Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Patrick is a volunteer on the finance team at SWR. He sets direction for the organization’s financial processes and activities alongside management and board members. From the moment we first met Patrick we were inspired by his strong passion for sustainability and the amazing technical knowledge that he brings to our team. We admire and appreciate his great sense of humour. Patrick has taken on the challenge of contributing key financial decisions, best practice setting, monthly reporting, budgeting, annual financial audits, and infusion of financial knowledge across the SWR staff team. We wo ...
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Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Last Tuesday (November 27, 2018), the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted an event at Borealis Grille & Bar entitled “Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach.” The sold-out event was a great success, featuring two speakers with first-hand experience in implementing waste reduction strategies in their organizations. Ben Dunbar, the Manager of Waste Operations at AET Group Inc., provided an overview of waste audits for industrial and commercial companies. Waste audits allow organizations to quantify and characterize the waste generation of their operations. Audits are usef ...
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Save on Energy: Energy Management in Organizations
Save on Energy: Energy Management in Organizations
On Tuesday, October 2nd, Save on Energy: Energy Management for Organizations was held at the Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Conference Centre. Featuring three knowledgeable guest speakers, this event gave professionals an opportunity to discuss the benefits of implementing energy management and energy efficiency projects in their own offices and workplaces. Greg Rushby, the founding principal of Rushby Energy Solutions Inc., was the first speaker. Greg offered a great introduction to the morning by outlining what energy management means for organizations. Energy management is a continuous, pro ...
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Township of Wilmot Featured in Case Study
Township of Wilmot Featured in Case Study
Having been a member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative since 2015, the Township of Wilmot has become the first township in Waterloo Region to set a public greenhouse gas reduction target. They are working towards reducing their emissions by 25% using 2012 as their baseline. Some of their projects are already showing successful savings in both cost and energy usage. Check out their case study to learn more ...
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Change Management and Sustainability
Change Management and Sustainability
On June 13th, professionals gathered at the Walper Hotel in Kitchener for a Change Management and Sustainability event, where change management practice, tools, and how to apply them were discussed. Matthew Day, Manager of SWR’s Regional Sustainability Initiative, opened the event with a brief overview of Regional Sustainability Initiative’s end-of-year member survey. The top three goals across all members were: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reducing energy use, and increasing employee engagement. The goal of employee engagement stuck out because many members expressed a desire for ...
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Event Recap – It’s All About the Numbers
Event Recap – It’s All About the Numbers
On May 22nd 2018, Paul Rak (President and founder of Cambridge-based VeriForm Inc.) made the business case for implementing low-technology sustainability initiatives into everyday business operations. The event took place at Waterloo North Hydro and was attended by an assortment of professionals looking to learn how to optimize sustainability, efficiency, and cost-savings in their operations. Rak began by giving an overview of the company, when they started their journey towards sustainability, and the results the company has achieved since. VeriForm is a metal fabricating company which specia ...
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Evening of Recognition 2018 Recap
Evening of Recognition 2018 Recap
Thursday, April 12 was a big day for Sustainable Waterloo Region and the many program participants and volunteers who help make everything we do such a success. On April 12, we celebrated our 9th Evening of Recognition. The Turret at Wilfrid Laurier University was standing room only as sustainability leaders gathered to celebrate their successes and achievements, swap stories, and share learnings. That the event was held at Laurier was particularly meaningful; for 10 years, Wilfrid Laurier University has played a critical role in helping SWR and all Regional Sustainability Initiative members a ...
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Thank you to all the Green Team volunteers

What many folks might not realize about sustainability-focused efforts is that not all organizations have the capacity to have a designated role for this. On many occasions, it is the voluntary work of one or handful of employees who are passionate about the environment. The effort to pull together a green team, engage the whole […]

5+ Years’ of Volunteerism and Counting!

Sustainable Waterloo Region’s greatest resource is our people. We are able to accomplish SWR’s great work with a committed team of volunteers and a small staff driven by a shared passion to achieve an environmentally sustainable Waterloo Region for current and future generations. Fueled by this passion, our volunteers join us for any number of […]

Sustainable Waterloo Region is its volunteers

Each year for its Evening of Recognition, SWR produces a report celebrating the positive environmental achievements of the people and organizations in its broad network. Now, I’ll admit, annual reports do not always make for exhilarating reading, but I love this one. For me, the cumulative effect of all the statistical charts and great original […]

Words from UW co-op student Hannah Dubber

From January to April 2018, as one of Sustainable Waterloo Region’s co-op students from the University of Waterloo, I have been in the role of Program Coordinator, working primarily with the ClimateActionWR program, as well as being a part of the Finance Team and the Business Development Team. For National Co-op and Work-integrated Learning Week […]

Faces of SWR – Carina Biacchi

Carina is a volunteer on the Business Development team at SWR. From the moment we first met Carina we were inspired by her passion and enthusiasm to join the SWR team. We admire and appreciate her consistent positivity! Carina has taken on the challenge of understanding how we communicate with potential members. We love that […]

How do you move?

From Brad Cundiff of Environmental Defence Residents of Kitchener-Waterloo were on the move this weekend at Sustainable Waterloo’s MovingWR event at Kitchener’s City Hall. The event featured everything from electric cars to an electronic fare box for the new LRT that will shortly begin operating on a 19-kilometre route between the two centres.  But most […]

Event Recap – Exploring Holistic Sustainability with IKEA Canada

On January 25th, 2018 Melissa Mirowski from IKEA shared the ways in which IKEA Canada practices holistic sustainability.  These methods were shared with attendees from all professions in order to inspire and encourage a transition to holistic, sustainable practices within the workplace. To start the presentation, Melissa reminded the audience that the Earth’s resources are […]

Faces of SWR – Tasha-Leigh Gauthier

Tasha-Leigh is a volunteer on the Regional Sustainability Initiative at SWR. Initiatially, Tasha-Leigh started as a co-op student from the University of Waterloo. She enjoyed her work term so much that she stayed with us as a volunteer, and we couldn’t be happier about it! Her passion for sustainability and wit make her a great […]

Regional Sustainability Initiative Case Study featuring: Waterloo Catholic District School Board

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) has been featured in a Regional Sustainability Initiative case study that highlight the sustainability efforts being made by the board and its teachers and students. WCDSB is a pledging partner, aiming to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 2014 levels. Supporting this target is the presence of energy […]

Faces of SWR – Manpreet Dhaliwal

We are delighted to introduce you to Manpreet Dhaliwal. Manpreet was interested in getting involved with SWR because it was a great opportunity to collaborate in her local community and work with individuals with similar values and beliefs to her. Manpreet enjoys working with volunteers who are as passionate as she is and enjoys seeing the impact […]

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