Category Archives: Business Sustainability – News and Commentary

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 […]

After Peer Review

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A couple of months ago, some friends and I stuffed ourselves into a cargo van (donated to us by the Biology Department at the University of Waterloo) to support something very important to us.  SCIENCE!  The Death of Evidence march/rally was organized in response to recent changes to environmental assessments in Canada (which will focus […]

Ontario’s Energy Future and the Kitchener-Waterloo By-Election

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This past spring, Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Elizabeth Witmer resigned to embark on a new opportunity as chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. As such, residents of the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo will head to the polls in a by-election scheduled for Thursday, September 6th to elect her replacement. This by-election is unique. While they are […]

A Glimmer of Hope in Rio

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Watching the Rio+20 proceedings on Sustainable Development this past June, I couldn’t help but feel a little disillusioned with the stagnation and harmful rhetoric thatcame from the halls of Brazil. It’s the same disillusionment I felt when I decided to pursue a Masters in International Environmental Policy after my undergraduate degree in Business seemingly produced […]

Printing vs. Forwarding

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Before I really thought about it, I used to think the environmental cost of emails and digital information was somewhere between nil and negligible. Then I was forwarded an email from my friend’s workplace tech department. It asked colleagues to limit the large attachments sent in emails because they were quickly filling up their server […]

The Winter that Never Was

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As the winter season winds down, you may find yourself questioning if it ever really came in the first place. March 21st will mark the end of what some are calling the winter that never was. There has been a lot of chatter across the country about this unusually warm and variable season, but how does […]

We’re Not So Different, You and I

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As a social enterprise operating in the tech hub of the Tannery District in downtown Kitchener, it’s easy to see how much our not-for-profit culture clashes with the for-profit business world around us. On the surface, for-profit entrepreneurs build businesses with the ultimate purpose of making money, while social entrepreneurs build their enterprise to impact […]