Category Archives: Business Sustainability – In the Community

Celebrating Our First Ever Carbon Cleanse Sponsors!

It is with great excitement and immense gratitude that we take a moment to recognize and celebrate the generous sponsors who collaborated with us for the very first time to make our 9th annual Carbon Cleanse competition a grand success! Carbon Cleanse is an annual competition that challenges organizations and their employees to reduce their […]

Little Mushroom Catering joins the Impact Network

[August 2023] Little Mushroom Catering is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s (SWR) newest member of the Impact Network, joining as an Observing Organization! Members of our network have invested in better understanding the impacts of their operations on environmental sustainability. They use program resources to build a culture of sustainability among employees and to engage employees as […]

Woodstock Hospital and Stryker Case Study

Woodstock General Hospital has adopted an innovative program to reduce medical waste in partnership with Stryker. This program, available to hospitals across the country, has enabled Woodstock Hospital to divert more than 500 lbs of medical device waste from landfills and saved them $87,000 in supply costs. Stryker provides waste disposal for single-use devices, including […]

Wooden Boat Food Company joins the Impact Network

New Member announcement of The Wooden Boat joining Sustainable Waterloo Region's Impact Network.
[August 2023] The Wooden Boat Food Company is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s (SWR) newest member of the Impact Network, joining as an Observing Organization! Members of our network have invested in better understanding the impacts of their operations on environmental sustainability. They use program resources to build a culture of sustainability among employees and to engage […]

Vive Development joins the Impact Network

[March 7, 2023] Vive Development is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s (SWR) newest member of the Impact Network, joining as an Observing Organization! As a member, they become connected to an extensive network of like-minded organizations to share and learn best practices. Members of our network have invested in better understanding the impacts of their operations on […]

Local businesses complete in Carbon Cleanse sustainability challenge

Carbon Cleanse Featured Image

Last month, we wrapped up the 2022 Carbon Cleanse Challenge for this year and it was a huge success! The Impact Network loves this challenge as it brings together member organizations in a fun, educational and collaborative way. Carbon Cleanse is a friendly annual competition that challenges our member organizations and their employees to reduce […]

Sustainable Waterloo Region Expands Network to Surrounding Counties

Graphic that says Expanding our Impact Network

by Aisling Dennett May 26, 2022 [Waterloo, ON] Since 2008, Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) has been partnering with businesses and municipalities in Waterloo Region to support them in becoming environmentally and economically sustainable and strong. This year, we have expanded the geographic areas we support to include Oxford, Perth, and Wellington counties. These areas include municipalities […]

Launching Our Clean Economy Cluster Map

We recently launched our Clean Economy Cluster Map in partnership with the Region of Waterloo, WR Community Energy, and Waterloo EDC. This Map showcases 125+ companies, research groups, and community organizations in Waterloo Region that are leading the way for sustainable innovation in buildings, transportation, energy, agriculture, waste, and more. This map demonstrates the capacity […]

Sustainable Gift Giving in Waterloo Region

CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY- SUSTAINABLE HOLIDAY SERIES PART 1 Whether you are back in the office or still working remotely, holiday get-togethers and gift exchanges are just around the corner. Becoming more sustainably minded doesn’t mean forgoing gift giving for coworkers, friends and family. Here in Waterloo Region we have a number of local businesses that […]

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, building upon heritage, and how the restaurant and umbrella company give back to the community and look forward […]