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Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
The Evening of Recognition is always a highlight of our year, and we love being able to connect with the community and share the stories of the work and achievements our members are undertaking. This year, we were excited to recognize two of our memb ...
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Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
On March 5th, SWR hosted “Venturing into Sustainable Business: A Talk with Patagonia.” Patagonia is a giant in the business of sustainable operations. Started by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 as Chouinard Equipment, the company developed from producing one ...
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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 ...
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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 sus ...
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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 ...
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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 b ...
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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 2 ...
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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 Sustainabili ...
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10 ways our volunteers ROCK!

Over the four years that I have been at Sustainable Waterloo Region, I have been repeatedly amazed and touched with the kinds of time and talent that are shared in this community to work together for the creation of a shared vision of the future. From students to community leadership, the volunteers at SWR are […]

Volunteers Support Professional Development

I’ve been a member of the SWR team for a long time, starting as a volunteer back in 2008. The volunteer structure at SWR is very close to my heart. Over the years, I’ve seen the power of this model and what it’s done for the organization, helping us to reach higher and do more, […]

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 […]

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