Category Archives: In the Media

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 […]

Raising the standard

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It’s ambitious, but the principals behind it are determined to develop the area’s first net-positive building at the David Johnston Research and Technology park by 2018. The building would go far beyond current green building standards and LEED principles to contribute to the electrical grid, while recycling water and waste and actually going beyond zero […]

New Kitchener electric car station a sign of the times

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July, 4th, 2013 WATERLOO— Nariman Eghtedari began thinking about buying an electric car a couple of years ago, because he liked the idea of saving money on gas and doing less harm to the environment. But now that he owns one, he’s so enamoured of the vehicle that he’d never consider going back to a gas-powered […]

Earth Hour becomes a small gesture leading to a global commitment

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GUELPH — For one hour on Saturday night, Tova Davidson and her two sons, ages seven and 13, experienced life without electrical lights, computers or gadgets. “We turned everything off,” says Davidson, who lives in Guelph and was recently named the new executive director of Sustainable Waterloo Region, an organization that works with businesses, organizations […]

Regional councillors endorse climate plan

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WATERLOO REGION — Regional politicians endorsed a community plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The regionwide climate action plan aims to cut emissions to six per cent below 2010 levels by 2020. The cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge already endorsed the plan. Regional councillors gave their blessing at a committee meeting this week; formal […]

Waterloo Region makes bold move to reduce emissions

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Waterloo and Cambridge have partnered with two local environmental non-profit organizations, REEP Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Waterloo Region. Moving forward, ClimateActionWR hopes to work with community organizations and municipalities to compartmentalize greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to successfully reduce them. The initiative, which is a first […]

Cities commit to Community Climate Action Plan

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WATERLOO REGION — Local municipal councils are working on a Community Climate Action Plan in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The work will cost millions, but local politicians say the payback is worth it. “We talk so much about the cost of infrastructure, but this is about the opportunity to service multiple needs […]

Discussion of energy issues muted in provincial byelections

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September 4th, 2012 This time last year, residents in the provincial riding of Kitchener-Waterloo were exactly where they are today — headed to the polls. Whereas last year Ontario’s party leaders debated the rising cost of electricity, smart meters and time-of-use billing, and the costs associated with the feed-in-tariff (FIT) programs offered through the Green […]

Three leading social entrepreneurs named Ashoka Fellows

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TORONTO, ON (May 20, 2012) – Ashoka announces its first three Ashoka Fellows this year, whose new ideas are building economies in conflict-prone countries, engaging businesses to create realistic environmental action and building capacity among sustainable agricultural producers in developing countries to access financing. Scott Gilmore, founder of Building Markets, is elected as a Senior […]

Earth Day in the City

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Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day. Events are being held throughout Kitchener this weekend. Mike Morrice, the executive director of the not-for-profit group Sustainable Waterloo Region, says these kinds of international events are important for raising awareness of environmental issues at a local level. “These events are meaningful insofar […]