Earth Day in the City

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Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day. Events are being held throughout Kitchener this weekend. Mike Morrice, the executive director of the not-for-profit group Sustainable Waterloo Region, says these kinds of international events are important for raising awareness of environmental issues at a local level. “These events are meaningful insofar […]

Establishing a Green Community

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After an evening of celebration with businesses, volunteers and government officials, Sustainable Waterloo Region executive director Mike Morrice admits that the environmental change the organization has brought to the community thus far is only the beginning. Founded only three years ago by Mike Morrice, fellow students and alumni at Wilfrid Laurier University, Sustainable Waterloo Region […]

Employees from 41 organizations working to reduce GHG emissions by more than 40,000 tonnes

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(Waterloo Region, ON) April 11, 2012 – Green teams are proving to be the catalyst to creating environmentally sustainable change in organizations across Waterloo Region. Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 2011 Report, being released on Thursday, April 12, reveals that Waterloo Region organizations are making commitments to reduce their GHG emissions, they are focused on strategically achieving their […]

An Evening to Remember: Celebrating Sustainability

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I moved to Waterloo Region in the fall of 2010, at the beginning of my undergraduate studies in Environment and Business at UW.In my lectures, I read various case studies about environmental change within organizations and conceptualized the idea of a sustainable future. As alluring as my readings and lecture speakings were, they seldom left […]

The Winter that Never Was

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As the winter season winds down, you may find yourself questioning if it ever really came in the first place. March 21st will mark the end of what some are calling the winter that never was. There has been a lot of chatter across the country about this unusually warm and variable season, but how does […]

Centre In The Square and THEMUSEUM join Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Carbon Initiative

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(Waterloo Region, ON) February 28, 2012 – The Centre In The Square and THEMUSEUM have taken a significant step in improving their environmental sustainability by joining Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Carbon Initiative. Centre In The Square and THEMUSEUM have joined 40 other Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) members from a diversity of sectors across Waterloo Region, each […]

Growth and Governance

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In my last post, I reflected on all of the growth we’ve been experiencing at Sustainable Waterloo Region recently, and ended with some of the challenges that have emerged as a result. Today I’d like to pick up on one of those challenges: how our governance model has evolved over the past year in response […]

We’re Not So Different, You and I

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As a social enterprise operating in the tech hub of the Tannery District in downtown Kitchener, it’s easy to see how much our not-for-profit culture clashes with the for-profit business world around us. On the surface, for-profit entrepreneurs build businesses with the ultimate purpose of making money, while social entrepreneurs build their enterprise to impact […]