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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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Press Release: Cambridge Named ‘Tree City of the World’
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 o ...
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The Network in Action – A Big High 5
The Network in Action - A Big High 5
This community and this network are incredible! Today we are so happy to see the work our partner The Cora Group is doing to scale our shared vision and make the partnered efforts and insights that made the evolv1 building a reality. Today the C ...
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IBM’s 16:1 Advantage by Going Green
IBM's 16:1 Advantage by Going Green
I had the privilege of attending the Davos Energy Summit a couple of weeks ago and heard all kinds of global perspectives on the future of energy and the use of energy by countries, communities, and individual businesses.  One of the pan ...
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HIP Developments joins the Regional Sustainability Initiative
HIP Developments joins the Regional Sustainability Initiative
Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) is pleased to announce that HIP Developments has joined the Regional Sustainability Initiative as an Observing Organization! Through this membership they gain access to an extensive member network to learn best ...
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Celebrating our Winners in 2020: Looking back at the Evening of Recognition
Celebrating our Winners in 2020: Looking back at the Evening of Recognition
As with so many in-person events, this year we had to go back to the drawing board with our Evening of Recognition, which honours the amazing accomplishments of our members. This annual celebration is our largest event of the year and is not only an ...
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Regional Sustainability Initiative Event Recap: Working from Home & Sustainability
Regional Sustainability Initiative Event Recap: Working from Home & Sustainability
On January 14th the Regional Sustainability Initiative invited GSP Group’s Megan Gereghty and Quarry’s Tony Mohr to share their organization’s work from home experience both before and during the current pandemic with program members. Exploring both ...
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Interview With Le Prix Fashion and Consulting
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 bus ...
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Sustainable Living During Lockdown
Sustainable Living During Lockdown
CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY BLOG SERIES As we enter another province-wide lockdown many of us are managing the best we can, and I am sure you are looking for normalcy where possible. As much as it is important to manage expectations for yoursel ...
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Media Release: How Enviro-Stewards is Mastering Sustainability

Enviro-Stewards, along with a select few other members have earned the title of Masters Level members. Enviro-Stewards has been a member of the Regional Sustainability initiative since 2011, since joining they have committed to reducing their 2008 greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 80%. They achieved this target in 2015, 3 years ahead of schedule with […]

The Sustainable Working Series: Saving Energy in the (Home) Office

The Sustainable Working Series COVID-19 is changing the very nature of employee engagement and workplace culture, including the culture of sustainability within businesses. Before lockdown measures and social distancing took effect only 43% of companies provided work from home options to employees. Experts are finding that working remotely is good for the environment as it […]

Webinar Recap: Talking to Financial Leaders About Sustainability

On Wednesday, May 20th, we had our first Webinar Wednesday of the Spring! We were happy to have Susan Todd from Solstice Sustainability Works Inc. provide attendees information about getting financial leaders on board with sustainability actions and how to talk to leaders about incorporating sustainability into its operations. If you’ve been curious about how […]

Celebrating 2019’s Regional Sustainability Initiative Award Winners

The Regional Sustainability Initiative is a program of Sustainable Waterloo Region that fosters the development of the local green economy by supporting organizations to set ambitious and realistic sustainability targets.  Each year, we recognize member organizations that have gone above and beyond achieving their sustainability goals. Though we have previously celebrated award winners in person […]

Carbon Cleanse 2020 Winners

For the last 3 weeks, member organizations of varying industries and sizes competed in our annual Carbon Cleanse. From prepping zero-waste lunches to turning thermostats down, the cleanse keeps sustainability top-of-mind at participating businesses and encourages employees to demonstrate how eco-minded they can be. Businesses earn points for completing challenges over 3 themed weeks: Energy […]

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 […]

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WNH hosts Eco-Challenge

We are always inspired when members take it upon themselves to improve their sustainability actions. For the month of July, the Green Team at Waterloo North Hydro implemented a month long Eco-Challenge, where employees are encouraged to be more environmentally focused with their day to day activities. Using their challenge as a ‘case study’, here […]

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Regional Sustainability Initiative Member St. Paul’s is Featured in Case Study

Regional Sustainability Initiative member St. Paul’s University College is featured in a case study highlighting their 40% reduction target and how sustainability has benefited their business thus far. St. Paul’s has embarked on a variety of projects to improve their energy efficiency, such as upgrading three of their boilers and replacing the fluorescent lighting within the building […]

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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 […]

Regional Sustainability Initaitive Member AET Group is Featured in Case Study

Regional Sustainability Initiative member AET Group is featured in a case study highlighting their three targets and how sustainability benefits their business. The Regional Sustainability Initiative provides opportunities for AET to participate and become active in sustainability – focused initiatives, such as the annual Carbon Cleanse. By encouraging friendly competition, the Regional Sustainability Initiative propels AET […]

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