Announcing the Carbon Cleanse 2021 winners!

The Regional Sustainability Initiative’s 7th Annual Carbon Cleanse has come to a close! Thank you to all member organization’s who participated.  This year’s Carbon Cleanse was completely remote, with employees of member organizations completing challenges from the comfort of home often with friends and pets alongside! Challenges this year focused on improving sustainability awareness in […]

Thank you to our ClimateActionWR Volunteers!

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ClimateActionWR is all about community: developing our community climate action plans, engaging the community in our climate goals, and connecting people and organizations from across Waterloo Region in our journey to an equitable, prosperous, resilient low carbon future. That being said, we couldn’t do what we do without the support and involvement of our community […]

Why Our Events Coordinator Loves Working With Volunteers

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When I joined Sustainable Waterloo Region last year as the Events Coordinator, I had been told how incredible the volunteers who made up a significant part of the team were. What I didn’t expect was the dedication, energy, and commitment of these individuals. I was truly blown away by this talented group who are definitely […]

Thank You to our Communications Team!

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About a year ago, I accepted a new role within Sustainable Waterloo Region, taking over the management of our all-powerful, all-volunteer Communications Team. Now ten members strong, our team is responsible for the execution of the organization’s communications strategy. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to lead this team of incredible people including […]

Eco Anxiety Event Summary

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On April 22, 2021, Sustainable Waterloo Region hosted Dr. Katie Hayes for a compelling webinar on Environment and Mental Health: The Rise of Eco Anxiety in a Changing Climate. Dr. Hayes, a Policy Analyst with Health Canada, began by acknowledging how appropriate the topic was for discussion on Earth Day: “a day when we are […]

Borealis is Named our 2021 TD Subsidy Recipient

Borealis Grille & Bar is not only a restaurant that serves locally crafted, natural foods and beverages, it is a leader for sustainability in the local community. As part of The Neighbourhood Group of Companies (NGC), Borealis, like all of their restaurants, is founded on core values that prioritize sustainability, with the goal of reducing […]

In Manufacturing Process Optimization = Sustainability

The business case for sustainability is not always a simple thing to articulate, but in this article featuring one of the amazing SWR network members, Enviro-Stewards, it is clear that but taking a holistic and step wise approach, the manufacturing sector can reap the benefits of taking action to reduce their carbon footprint.  This article […]

Go Green – It’s Good For Business

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Throughout our 12 years of supporting organizations to become more financially and environmentally sustainable, we have seen numerous examples of how this work manifests as a strong return on investment for the companies we work with.  Over the years you may have heard me talk about the main ways that businesses benefit from being environmentally […]