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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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Get to Know ChargeWR
Get to Know ChargeWR
November 20, 2020 – ChargeWR  The ChargeWR program grew out of a desire to support businesses in the Region of Waterloo with the adoption of electric vehicle infrastructure. In 2019, Council voted unanimously that the climate emergency ...
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Event Recap: Anti-Racism & Sustainability in Waterloo Region
Event Recap: Anti-Racism & Sustainability in Waterloo Region
On September 17th 2020, Sustainable Waterloo Region had the privilege to partner with Future Ancestors Services in presenting Anti-Racism & Sustainability in Waterloo Region: A Facilitated Discussion. This two hour event with Future Ancestors Fo ...
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Building Back Better Report
Building Back Better Report
November 13, 2020 – ChargeWR  A publication by the sustainable business organization, Corporate Knights showcases a stirring examination of the economic recovery strategies that can be applied in the Canadian context to build econo ...
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The Future of E-Score: Introducing SDG Progress Tracking
The Future of E-Score: Introducing SDG Progress Tracking
The Regional Sustainability Initiative is excited to bring Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Progress Tracking to Reporting Members! The Sustainable Development Goal Action Manager (SDG AM), a tool created by the UN Global Compact and B-La ...
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When we return to our offices, why not start composting?
When we return to our offices, why not start composting?
Feeling inspired by Waste month in October? Want to keep the momentum going and decrease your Office waste every month? Well, you have come to the right place! As many organizations plan their return to office workspaces, we collectively have ...
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The Sustainable Working Series: Reducing Waste in the (Home) Office
The Sustainable Working Series: Reducing Waste in the (Home) Office
COVID-19 is changing the very nature of employee engagement and workplace culture, including the culture of sustainability within businesses. Working from home during the pandemic has had positive impacts on the environment, but as lockdown meas ...
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Reducing Your Waste While You Work From Home
Reducing Your Waste While You Work From Home
2020 is likely the year when many of us started working from home for the first time and it has meant big  changes, to our routines, workspaces, and more! After having time to adjust and adapt, it may be the right time to reflect on how we can ensur ...
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Webinar Recap: Creating a Carbon Budget
Webinar Recap: Creating a Carbon Budget
On Thursday, September 10th, we were lucky to have Maurya Braun from the City of Edmonton and Karine Hertzberg and Catrin Robertsen from the City of Oslo to educate and share their approaches for advancing a climate budget in their communities. Want ...
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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 […]

Startup Climate Action – COVID-19 Recovery Through a Sustainability Lens

Put the ‘Better’ in Build Back  There’s undoubtedly one common thought at the forefront of the national consciousness, “when will we get back to normal?”. But this begs the question, what is ‘normal’? And is this ‘normal’ going to be enough for Canada to survive and hopefully thrive in a post-COVID-19 economy? If we have […]

When Life Gives You Limes…

Many Ontarians are still staying home as world starts to gradually lift lockdown measures and commuters return back on the road. However, there’s a growing concern that car traffic will increase as workplaces open up, resulting in even higher greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. So how can we prevent the automobile from dominating roadways? […]

UN Chief says Global Pandemic Recovery Should be Green

On Earth Day, the UN chief Antonio Guterres urged all governments around the world to use the re-booting of the global economy to build a healthy and resilient future for people and the planet.  After acknowledging that Covid-19 is the largest global emergency we have faced since the second world war, Guterres calls the pandemic […]

Tova’s Travels – Welcome from NYC

The first leg of my family’s trip is to visit New York City. This city is a crazy place. We saw so many things, all of which were familiar from movies and TV. It was cool to see that there is a clear business case for hybrid vehicles for the taxi companies as so many […]

B Corp and Beyond: Event Recap

Becoming a B Corp – Why and How This morning, Sustainable Waterloo Region held a breakfast event at EY to give some more insight about ways to improve your e-score, and the benefits of becoming a B Corp. The environment score (e-score) is calculated from an online assessment that measures and compares your environmental score […]

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Responsible Investing – Sustainability

“Why let your money do something you wouldn’t?” This is one of the best questions I’ve heard describing the motivation behind socially responsible investing (also known as ethical investing, responsible investment, impact investing, or environment-social-governance investing). Whatever you call it, today’s blog post is all about investing with your values. What we’ve been taught vs. […]

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The Business Case for Sustainability – A Globe Perspective

Sustainable Waterloo Region is founded on the idea of there being a business case for sustainability. We know that organizations will only make a lasting change in their impact on the environment if it is good for their business. All our programs and community-based projects that we undertake are designed with this important underpinning. By […]

Introduction to the Regional Sustainability Initiative

The official launch of the Regional Sustainability Initiative is not until Wednesday, but SWR has been working on it for so long and is bursting  with excitement, so we could not wait to share some details a few days early through these blogs. As mentioned in the previous blog, the Regional Sustainability Initiative is an […]

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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