Category Archives: Business Sustainability – In the Community

Local businesses complete in Carbon Cleanse sustainability challenge

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Last month, we wrapped up the 2022 Carbon Cleanse Challenge for this year and it was a huge success! The Impact Network loves this challenge as it brings together member organizations in a fun, educational and collaborative way. Carbon Cleanse is a friendly annual competition that challenges our member organizations and their employees to reduce […]

Sustainable Waterloo Region Expands Network to Surrounding Counties

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by Aisling Dennett May 26, 2022 [Waterloo, ON] Since 2008, Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) has been partnering with businesses and municipalities in Waterloo Region to support them in becoming environmentally and economically sustainable and strong. This year, we have expanded the geographic areas we support to include Oxford, Perth, and Wellington counties. These areas include municipalities […]

Launching Our Clean Economy Cluster Map

We recently launched our Clean Economy Cluster Map in partnership with the Region of Waterloo, WR Community Energy, and Waterloo EDC. This Map showcases 125+ companies, research groups, and community organizations in Waterloo Region that are leading the way for sustainable innovation in buildings, transportation, energy, agriculture, waste, and more. This map demonstrates the capacity […]

Sustainable Gift Giving in Waterloo Region

CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY- SUSTAINABLE HOLIDAY SERIES PART 1 Whether you are back in the office or still working remotely, holiday get-togethers and gift exchanges are just around the corner. Becoming more sustainably minded doesn’t mean forgoing gift giving for coworkers, friends and family. Here in Waterloo Region we have a number of local businesses that […]

Sustainable & Obsessively Local: Meet Borealis Grille

I recently had the chance to chat with Court Desautels, the Chief Executive Officer of the Neighbourhood Group. This umbrella organization owns Borealis Grille and Bar in Kitchener and Guelph and is obsessively local. We discussed sustainability, building upon heritage, and how the restaurant and umbrella company give back to the community and look forward […]

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 […]

Press Release: Cambridge Named ‘Tree City of the World’

Cambridge, Ontario. (March 1st, 2021) – The City of Cambridge has beenrecognized as a Tree City of the World by Tree Canada, The Arbor DayFoundation, and the United Nations for its continued management of thecity’s urban forest. Tree Cities of the World is a program founded by The Arbor DayFoundation and the Food and Agriculture […]

Interview With Le Prix Fashion and Consulting

I recently had a call with Robyn, the owner of Le Prix. We discussed all things sustainable fashion, including her store in downtown Kitchener, where the sustainable fashion industry is going and the impact of fast fashion. Robyn started her business in the last year of her undergraduate degree. She began by shopping second hand, […]

Talking Trash with Zero Waste Bulk

Interview with owners of the bulk grocery store in Uptown Waterloo Ellin Park, the owner of Zero Waste Bulk, located in Uptown Waterloo, decided to open the doors of her grocery store in 2017 to make zero waste grocery shopping more convenient. She and her partner, Kevin Choi, wanted to make a one-stop shop for […]

Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award

The Evening of Recognition is always a highlight of our year, and we love being able to connect with the community and share the stories of the work and achievements our members are undertaking. This year, we were excited to recognize two of our members who partnered to achieve a shared environmental goal with the […]