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Recap: Celebrating Sustainability 2019
Recap: Celebrating Sustainability 2019
Waterloo region is home to so many incredible organizations, innovations,and solutions that are leading toward our stronger, more prosperousfuture. Please join us in celebrating all of them and thanking them for thework they are doing, creating cult ...
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Research Recap: Solar Ovens
Research Recap: Solar Ovens
When people think of solar energy, they often think of using it for the sake of replacing commonly-known sources of energy. However, did you know that solar energy can also be used for cooking? Solar ovens are increasingly popular as tools for cooki ...
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WalterFedy goes Beyond Zero Carbon
WalterFedy goes Beyond Zero Carbon
A case study of an impactful project by a member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative WalterFedy is a leading integrated architecture and engineering firm with a history of strong sustainability commitments. They’ve been a member of the Regi ...
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Sustainable & Obsessively Local: Meet Borealis Grille
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 ...
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Research Recap: Transparent Solar Panels
Research Recap: Transparent Solar Panels
Many people are aware of solar panels, used to generate electricity for buildings and offices. However, did you know that transparent solar panels exist? These transparent panels can be used for areas such as windows, buildings, and many other surfa ...
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Bavarian Window Works joins the Regional Sustainability Initiative
Bavarian Window Works joins the Regional Sustainability Initiative
Bavarian Window Works is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s newest member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative, joining as an Observing Organization! As a member, they become connected to an extensive member network of like-minded organizations ...
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Research Recap: Tidal Wave Energy
Research Recap: Tidal Wave Energy
Is it possible that one day, our main source of energy could come from the sea itself? Tidal energy stations currently exist all over the world as alternative sources of energy, from Canada to South Korea! Researchers are looking into ways to furthe ...
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Waste Reduction Target Launch
Waste Reduction Target Launch
The Regional Sustainability Initiative is excited to announce the addition of a new sustainability target option for Pledging Partners in Milestone 4.  Previously, the Regional Sustainability Initiative offered 3 sustainability target option ...
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MTE Consultants aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions 10% by 2029
MTE Consultants aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions 10% by 2029
MTE Consultants’ Kitchener office has set a 10% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2029, supported by Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Sustainability Initiative. This target will be the first within a new Pledge Level calle ...
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Regional Sustainability Initiative Member R+T Park is Featured in Case Study

  Regional Sustainability Initiative member R+T Park is featured in a case study highlighting their 40% reduction target and how sustainability has benefited their business thus far. Some of the companies within the park have cited their involvement with sustainability being a positive recruitment tool and a competitive advantage. Due to the park being comprised […]

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Small, Mighty and Serious about Sustainability – Being Green at United Way

Walking into Cathy Snyder’s office at the United Way Kitchener & Waterloo Area workplace, I’m greeted with a warm handshake and a purple streak running through her hair. This United Way’s CFO is leaving the world a little bit better than she found it. She’s a firm believer in ‘every little bit helps.’ Being a […]

The Evolution of the RCI

On June 16th 2009, Sustainable Waterloo Region officially launched its flagship program, the Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI). The launch event celebrated the organization’s first three Pledging Partners, which has since grown to a membership of over 60 organizations. In 2015, Veriform was one of three organizations to reach their carbon reduction target, and the first […]

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RCI Members Show Global Leadership

As the RCI team prepares itself for expanding into a program with bigger goals and more targets, we have even more reason to keep up with the progressive work being achieved by B-Corps. These are companies that willingly set out to improve their standards of social and environmental performance through the evaluation of a completed social […]

2015 year end report at the 2016 evening of recognition

Evening of Recognition Recap

Last week we celebrated all the hard work and impressive achievements by our members, and shared some important information about Sustainable Waterloo Region and our vision for the future, which was the theme of the Evening of Recognition event and our 2015 Year End Report. The presentation at Evening of Recognition started with some insights […]

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Crawford Hits Reduction Target

In only 2 years Crawford achieves its GHG reduction target and sets a new goal! July 7, 2015 (Waterloo Region, ON) – Today Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. celebrates having achieved their Green House Gas (GHG) emission reduction target, well ahead of schedule. In January 2013, Crawford became a Bronze Pledging Partner of the Regional […]

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Introducing the 30 Day Carbon Cleanse (Starting March 30th)

Each year the Regional Carbon Initiative gathers feedback from its members. This comes from events, round tables, one-on-ones and year-end questionnaires. This feedback is key to how the RCI operates and the direction their members feels the program should develop. One piece of feedback that the RCI has noted for a number of years now […]

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Untapped Sustainability Resources

During December, Sustainable Waterloo Region held a bright and early seminar at the Waterloo Inn on Financial Incentives that are out there for businesses to take advantage of when trying to follow the sustainable and environmental friendly path. Guests were happy to be spoken to by 6 speakers from various sectors: Union Gas, SaveONenergy, REEP […]

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Why questionnaires are vital to telling sustainability stories

As we start receiving responses back for our 2014 Year-End Questionnaire to our RCI members, I learn to recognize the value generated by these annual questionnaires in helping the RCI communicate your sustainability successes. The RCI recognizes your stories in the Annual Year-End Report, and through other various forms of media, such as social media […]

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The value of peer driven learning

The room a buzz with networking, Sustainable Waterloo Region kicked off our 2014-2015 Regional Carbon Initiative event season on a high note last Thursday with a focus on network connections and organizational green teams. While it is the same Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) we have grown to know and love, members can expect some notable changes […]

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