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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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Research Recap: Solar Ovens
Research Recap: Solar Ovens
When people think of solar energy, they often think of using it for the sake of replacing commonly-known sources of energy. However, did you know that solar energy can also be used for cooking? Solar ovens are increasingly popular as tools for cooki ...
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WalterFedy goes Beyond Zero Carbon
WalterFedy goes Beyond Zero Carbon
A case study of an impactful project by a member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative WalterFedy is a leading integrated architecture and engineering firm with a history of strong sustainability commitments. They’ve been a member of the Regi ...
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Sustainable & Obsessively Local: Meet Borealis Grille
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 ...
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Research Recap: Transparent Solar Panels
Research Recap: Transparent Solar Panels
Many people are aware of solar panels, used to generate electricity for buildings and offices. However, did you know that transparent solar panels exist? These transparent panels can be used for areas such as windows, buildings, and many other surfa ...
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Bavarian Window Works joins the Regional Sustainability Initiative
Bavarian Window Works joins the Regional Sustainability Initiative
Bavarian Window Works is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s newest member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative, joining as an Observing Organization! As a member, they become connected to an extensive member network of like-minded organizations ...
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Research Recap: Tidal Wave Energy
Research Recap: Tidal Wave Energy
Is it possible that one day, our main source of energy could come from the sea itself? Tidal energy stations currently exist all over the world as alternative sources of energy, from Canada to South Korea! Researchers are looking into ways to furthe ...
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Waste Reduction Target Launch
Waste Reduction Target Launch
The Regional Sustainability Initiative is excited to announce the addition of a new sustainability target option for Pledging Partners in Milestone 4.  Previously, the Regional Sustainability Initiative offered 3 sustainability target option ...
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MTE Consultants aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions 10% by 2029
MTE Consultants aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions 10% by 2029
MTE Consultants’ Kitchener office has set a 10% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2029, supported by Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Sustainability Initiative. This target will be the first within a new Pledge Level calle ...
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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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Crawford Hits Reduction Target

In only 2 years Crawford achieves its GHG reduction target and sets a new goal! July 7, 2015 (Waterloo Region, ON) – Today Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. celebrates having achieved their Green House Gas (GHG) emission reduction target, well ahead of schedule. In January 2013, Crawford became a Bronze Pledging Partner of the Regional […]

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The value of peer driven learning

The room a buzz with networking, Sustainable Waterloo Region kicked off our 2014-2015 Regional Carbon Initiative event season on a high note last Thursday with a focus on network connections and organizational green teams. While it is the same Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) we have grown to know and love, members can expect some notable changes […]

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News Release: GHG Reduction Plan Moves Forward in Cambridge Calling for 6% Reduction – Partners for Climate Protection in Waterloo Region

GHG Reduction Plan Moves Forward in Cambridge Calling for 6% Reduction Partners for Climate Protection in Waterloo Region   Cambridge, Ontario. November 14, 2013… The City of Cambridge is moving forward with its sustainability initiatives and last night Cambridge City Council endorsed the game plan. A Corporate GHG Reduction (Energy Management) Plan was unveiled as part of […]

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Laurier’s BRAC West building certified LEED® Silver

BRANTFORD – The Laurier Brantford Research and Academic Centre (BRAC) West building on Dalhousie Street has been awarded LEED® Silver certification by the Canada Green Building Council. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. […]

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Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Wilfrid Laurier University, AET Group Inc., Quarry Integrated Communications Inc., and Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan Inc. (FMRP) are helping Waterloo Region transition towards an environmentally sustainable economy through their greenhouse gas reduction commitments. The businesses have offered their commitment to the sustainable Waterloo Region flagship program, the Regional Caron Initiative (RCI). These four organizations are […]

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Laurier gets kudos for its sustainability initiatives in new COU report

Laurier’s sustainability initiatives, including an innovative energy management plan, received kudos in a recent report by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) on “green” practices at 19 Ontario universities. The Ontario Universities: Going Greener Report 2011 outlines nine areas where universities have taken steps to advance sustainability. Among the 19 universities included in the report, Laurier’s programs and practices […]

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A Grander View Scores First LEED Canada Platinum Hat Trick

Kitchener – Enermodal Engineering’s headquarters, A Grander View , has become the first LEED Canada triple Platinum building with certifications in the New Construction, Commercial Interiors, and Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating systems. This is also the first ever LEED Canada EB:O&M Platinum certified project. A Grander View received its NC and CI Platinum […]

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Landscaping firm quietly transforms its business

AYR – Ahhhhh …. the peace of an early summer day in Ontario. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. You decide to relax and read on your patio for a spell. Then, the lawn care and landscaping crew arrives next door. The roar of gasoline-powered lawn mowers, equipment and trucks sends you scurrying […]