Category Archives: Business Sustainability – News and Commentary

Reflections on COP21

The Sustainable Waterloo Region network has some pretty incredible people in it, and that includes the amazing folks on our board of directors. While none of the SWR core team was able to attend COP21, we were represented there by one of our board members, Ian Rowlands. For those of you that may not have […]

Building on Innovation – The Future of Sustainable Buildings is Already Here

On November 20th 2015, Sustainable Waterloo Region held one of its many speaking events titled “Building on Innovation.” Held at the Tannery Event Centre in the evening hours, the events team created a space where socialising and networking would be encouraged over some drinks and snacks before a bursting agenda of speakers. Our Executive Director, […]

Sustainable Manufacturing is NOT an Oxymoron

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What do you think would happen if I told a member of our advanced manufacturing sector that they could be 3 times more profitable? That we have a local example of a company making internal changes and making more money? Would they believe me? How could that be possible? Since I joined Sustainable Waterloo Region […]

Connecting Local to Global: Why Municipal Action on Climate Change Matters

It was sometime in the middle of the week while I was sitting in the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland this past November, that I was hit with an overwhelming sense of unease and disappointment. Though I had heard it from many other NGO observers and colleagues previously, it was at that moment that the […]

The Economics of Extreme Weather: Where to Invest in Solutions?

Over the past few years, the global costs of climate change have become increasingly clear. Last month, this reality really hit home for me, quite literally: in each of the two July rainstorms that struck Waterloo Region, different parts of the same tree fell on my house on Cherry St in Kitchener. And I wasn’t […]

365 days and counting

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How much can happen in a year? Relationships can build and fall apart. New skills can take shape, old ones can be perfected, and houses can be bought or sold. You move jobs, you make new connections, and you visit new places. You learn how to embrace self-reflection, you find a new mentor, and you […]

Community Engagement in the Online Era

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As I try to imagine what community consultation might have looked like a few decades ago, tools that come to mind include: telephone trees, posted letters, print advertising, type-written statements, and town-hall meetings to inform and engage community members. Many of these same tools are still in use today, but they are quickly being offset […]