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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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In Manufacturing Process Optimization = Sustainability
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 manufactur ...
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Go Green – It’s Good For Business
Go Green - It’s Good For Business
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 ...
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Sustainable Spring Cleaning
Sustainable Spring Cleaning
CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY BLOG SERIES Spring can have a way of refueling us after a long winter, and this year it brings even more hope than years past. It can also be when we look around and decide it’s time to pick up all the nerf darts tha ...
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Setting a Waste Target with the Regional Sustainability Initiative
Setting a Waste Target with the Regional Sustainability Initiative
The Regional Sustainability Initiative works with companies across Waterloo Region to empower them to meet their sustainability goals. We collaborate with organizations like yours to set voluntary targets to reduce your greenhouse gas (GHG) emission ...
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Setting a Water Target with the Regional Sustainability Initiative
Setting a Water Target with the Regional Sustainability Initiative
The Regional Sustainability Initiative works with companies across Waterloo Region to empower them to meet their sustainability goals. We collaborate with organizations like yours to set voluntary targets to reduce your greenhouse gas (GHG) emission ...
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Setting a GHG Target with the Regional Sustainability Initiative
Setting a GHG Target with the Regional Sustainability Initiative
The Regional Sustainability Initiative works with companies across Waterloo Region to empower them to meet their sustainability goals. We collaborate with organizations like yours to set voluntary reduction targets in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) ...
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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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#cheerstovolunteers Recap!

In 2018 Sustainable Waterloo Region had 11,883 hours logged by 116 volunteers! That’s HUGE. Volunteers are the backbone of non-profit organizations and are woven into the fabric of SWR. April 19-25, 2020 was National Volunteer Week but 7 days wasn’t enough time to celebrate our amazing volunteers, we spent all of May showcasing some of […]

Faces of SWR – James – Systems to the next level!

As a recent addition to the SWR team as our IT Functional Area Manager, James has been thrown into the deep end, just a little bit! James brings with him extensive knowledge of the corporate IT world with many years of experience in the industry and a growing knowledge in web development as well.  So […]

Faces of SWR – Lisa Chapman – Taking Care of Business

Sometimes a team member comes along that is just so dedicated you can’t believe your lucky stars. At SWR, as you have seen over the past month or so, they can come in all kinds of ways and roles. And sometimes the roles they play change over time.  Lisa Chapman is one of the backbone […]

Faces of SWR – Amanda Smith

Amanda brought her passion for public policy and writing skills to the ClimateActionWR team at a very ideal time last year; ahead of the Federal Election. As our ‘Policy Researcher’ volunteer, she contacted every candidate within Waterloo Region, asking them tough questions regarding their stances on the climate crisis, and produced a robust blog series […]

Faces of SWR – Jody Fennel

Ensuring that we are always searching for the right businesses to join our programs and connecting with them is a mighty task. Jody Fennell has been doing exactly this for our team as a Business Development Generalist for 2 years now! Jody is a great team member who is always up for supporting the team. […]

Faces of SWR – Armen Poladian

Armen Poladian has been an integral part of Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) since March 2018.  Originally working as our evolvGREEN Communications Coordinator, since February 2019 he has been driving the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and installation of charging stations in Waterloo Region as our ChargeWR Coordinator.  Armen brings to SWR his background in Environmental […]

The Money Guys – Patrick Kelly and Ashton Romany

As the month of May ends, and we are getting close to our last daily post about the faces of SWR, it became even more important to recognize these two gents… one out going and one incoming.  The SWR Finance Team is entirely volunteer run, and supported by our office manager, Krista. And this team […]

Faces of SWR – Our Day-to-Day Team

Volunteers play a really unique role at SWR. We have volunteers who play an essential role in our day to day operations and Hannah Dubber and Julie Vuong are just two we depend on! Julie and Hannah are part of the Finance team and lend their hand on a regular basis, from entering payroll to […]

Faces of SWR – Andreas Mertes

Andreas has been an active member of our team in various roles for the last 8 years! He started in a research role developing content and resources for the WRSI program (back when it was called the Regional Carbon Initiative), and then transitioned into a key role in the Centre for Sustainability Excellence (CSE). This […]

Faces of SWR – Yvonne Stoll – The Human Connection!

An organization is only as strong as its people. And the people finding those people are therefore extra important. SWR’s amazing HR Manager, Yvonne Stoll helps to make sure we have all the best people for our programs and organization, and that all the measures are in place to support them. Her commitment to SWR […]

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