From a Classroom to 22 King Street South

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As a second year in the Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo, this Sustainable Waterloo Region co-op placement is rather ideal. In the (collective) 12 months I’ve been in the study portion of my program, I have learnt quite a few expressions, concepts and theories that I was told would apply to […]

Zero-Carbon Zucchinis

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Today, walking home in the freezing cold February weather, all I could think about was zucchinis. In my 5 minute walk home from work I had passed at least 15 houses with 15 accompanying backyards with 15 snowy lawns. And that’s when it came to me – those lawns could produce a lot of zucchinis. […]

Sharing the Model

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Last Wednesday morning, I was a part of a very special event: Niagara Sustainability Initiative’s first Educational Forum. As I excitedly walked up to the registration table at the event, three very pleasant volunteers asked me my name, provided me with a nametag, and followed up this very typical registration process with an unusual, yet […]

Finally Facebook

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It is the biggest social networking site of this generation. Boasting over 500 million active users, it’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says the words “social media.” 700 billion minutes are spent browsing the site every month. And yet, before today, you would not find an official Sustainable Waterloo Region presence […]

There is a WE (somewhere) in Sustainable Waterloo Region

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When it came time to finalize the planning of our next educational forum, we were already teetering towards the idea of a general interest climate change update. We wanted to present this topic because last year at this time Sustainable Waterloo Region held a successful educational forum on the implications of the UN’s climate change […]

5 Questions about our Website Redesign

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Currently we’re reassessing the Sustainable Waterloo Region website and wondering if we provide people with the experience they’re looking for when they visit. Over the last few weeks, as we got this project off the ground, we’ve chosen not to take the standard redesign approach. Instead we’re taking the website update from the angle of […]

Grappling with an Intimidating Possibility: Advocacy

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Sustainable Waterloo Region has historically been a non-profit focused on service delivery as a means of achieving our mission. Our mission, though it has evolved over the past three years, has always had the word ‘collaborative’ in it. And collaboration has been a core value since the beginning, while continuing to define the organization. Personally, […]

In the Course of 4 Months

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Friday was the first snowfall of the winter and I can say the feeling is peculiar. Peculiar because it reminds me that my coop term here at Sustainable Waterloo Region is rapidly coming to an end and the fact that on the way to my first team meeting, I was sweating walking to the office […]

A Coarse Comparison: Public Transit vs. A Personal Car

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Over the past year, I began voluntarily leaving my car at home in favour of public transit for trips outside of Waterloo Region. My intention was to begin to wean myself off of my car, in favour of a more sustainable mode of transportation. This summer I was on the bus back to Waterloo from […]