The Moving Diaries

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In September 2011, Sustainable Waterloo Region’s office moved from its cherished Uptown Waterloo location. While sad to say goodbye to the office that saw the first two and half very formative years of the organization, the team is excited to make the move to the vibrant, creative and collaborative space that is the Tannery District. […]

David Suzuki Foundation and Sustainable Waterloo Region release report assessing Ontario political parties’ energy policy platforms

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(WATERLOO REGION, ON) September 21, 2011 – The David Suzuki Foundation and Sustainable Waterloo Region are releasing today their collaborative report, Ontario’s Energy Future: A Climate Change Perspective. The report is a non-partisan, expert review of the energy policy platforms of the four leading political parties with the goal of informing the debate surrounding the […]

Keeping the Fire Going

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In my last post, I framed my upcoming vacation as a mix of adventure & renewal. Following this theme, the night before being back in the office I wrote this update. — Renewal: In Search of Work Life Balance When I had set off on an extended time away from the office about a month ago, […]

Lessons from XCG: Changing Their Baseline

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XCG Consultants Ltd. was founded in Kitchener in 1990 when 2 engineers, (Richard Rush and Stephen Nutt) left a large consulting firm to launch a practice of their own (hence XCG; ‘Ex Canviro Guys’). Since then, their team of environmental scientists and engineers have been practicing environmental leadership in five offices in Canada and the […]

Collaborative project receives funding to take action

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Local partners commit $205,000 to The Climate Collaborative to support the development of a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory and action plan   (WATERLOO REGION, ON) August 3, 2011 – Sustainable Waterloo, REEP Green Solutions, and the Regional Municipality of Waterloo announced today that they are collaborating to take community-wide action on climate change. Thanks to […]

Canadian Sustainability: Local Responses, Global Impact?

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Later this fall in October, I will be attending the 9th Annual Canadian Business for Social Responsibility Summit in Toronto.  This event will focus on how Canadian business is perceived globally – how do Canadian initiatives impact our bottom line and world beyond our borders?  Given corporate Canada’s global operations, international supply chains, and culturally diverse workforce […]

Adventure and Renewal – On Hiatus July 22 – Aug 22

I’m writing this on a Friday afternoon. Like most days my head is full of ideas & excitement, my heart feels fulfilled, but I am absolutely exhausted. One telling sign was earlier this week – I found myself growing increasingly frustrated when having a hard time understanding a colleague, a routine discussion where in the […]

The Most Important Decision at any Start-Up & A Welcome to Cam Scott!

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Of all decisions we make at Sustainable Waterloo Region, hiring full-time staff is – without a doubt – the most important one. This probably wouldn’t even conjure up much debate amongst local entrepreneurs, and the reason is a no-brainer:  organizations are the people that contribute to them. When you do a good job hiring superstars, […]