Reaping Sustainability’s Brand Benefits

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So, you’ve already made the decision to commit your organization to improving its operational sustainability. (And if you haven’t, well, why not?) You probably made this decision for the most altruistic of reasons – “It’s the right thing to do!”, or “Preserving the planet so future generations can enjoy the things that we do.” But […]

Laurier gets kudos for its sustainability initiatives in new COU report

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Laurier’s sustainability initiatives, including an innovative energy management plan, received kudos in a recent report by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) on “green” practices at 19 Ontario universities. The Ontario Universities: Going Greener Report 2011 outlines nine areas where universities have taken steps to advance sustainability. Among the 19 universities included in the report, Laurier’s programs and practices […]

Getting ‘WISE’ on Electric Vehicles

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Last week I, along with colleagues Sarah and David, test drove a new Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) through WISE (Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy) at the University of Waterloo.  I was surprised by the general power, feel, responsiveness, and handling of the vehicle itself.  Even at 110 km/h on the highway, the i-MiEV […]

Germany an example of how sustainable energy can boost the economy

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KITCHENER — Germany doesn’t get much sunshine. Its coastlines are not huge. Yet in the course of a decade, that country managed to become a global production centre for solar and off-shore wind energy and created more than 300,000 renewable energy jobs in the process. Chris Turner, author of The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive […]

A Grander View Scores First LEED Canada Platinum Hat Trick

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Kitchener – Enermodal Engineering’s headquarters, A Grander View , has become the first LEED Canada triple Platinum building with certifications in the New Construction, Commercial Interiors, and Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating systems. This is also the first ever LEED Canada EB:O&M Platinum certified project. A Grander View received its NC and CI Platinum […]

Sustainable Waterloo Region and the German Consulate Present The German Leap: Profiling the World’s Leading Green Economy

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Sustainable Waterloo Region, in partnership with the German Consulate, Canada’s Technology Triangle, and WalterFedy, welcome bestselling Canadian author Chris Turner to Waterloo Region, on his speaking tour profiling the latest innovations in German cleantech and sustainable design. For more than a decade, Germany has been the global pacesetter in renewable energy and sustainable industrial development. […]

Scaling Up: Researching Province-Wide Collaboration

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Sustainable Waterloo Region, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, has recently launched research into the possibility of scaling up the work of SWR to regions and communities across Ontario. In the past we have informally coached communities in Niagara (the Niagara Sustainability Initiative) and Hamilton (Sustainable Hamilton), however we have yet to establish […]