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Celebrating 2019’s Sustainable Waterloo Region Award Winners

And the SWR Award goes to ….. On Thursday Mike Farwell at 570 News helped us to recognize all the area municipalities and their incredible movement towards a low carbon future in 2019. This year’s SWR award for Partnership of the Year was given to the Region of Waterloo, The City of Cambridge, The City […]

Take a trip on the LRT

The Region of Waterloo recently launched Stage 1 of the ION light rail transit (LRT). With a total of 19 stops, the light rail runs from Conestoga station in Waterloo to Fairway station in Kitchener. This new transportation service provides an efficient, and convenient alternative commuting method, and will reduce the usage of cars in […]

Building More than an Exhibition: THEMUSEUM Brings Awareness of Climate Crisis to KW

THEMUSUEM, located in downtown Kitchener, is no stranger to sustainability, having hosted the “Transporting your Business” discussion in June. Now, in order to bring a conversation about climate change to Waterloo Region, THEMUSEUM is looking to bring international artists and local innovators together to address this crisis. The result? A Climate Festival called ALARM. Sustainable […]

EY Leads Lunch & Learn on Sustainable Financial Reporting

Last week, the Accelerator Center hosted a Lunch and Learn on the topic of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration for small-medium sized businesses. Jane Brid (Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability Services) and Jessica Knutson (Manager) from EY led the discussion on how market leaders have used frameworks to support a low carbon economy. […]

Transporting your Business

     On Thursday, June 13, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted “Transporting your Business” at THEMUSEUM located in Kitchener, Ontario. There were three speakers from North, Quarry and Geotab, all discussing opportunities for businesses to reduce their transportation-related carbon emissions and provide employees with alternative transportation choices. According to ClimateActionWR’s 2015 report,  27% of greenhouse […]

Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly

Patrick is a volunteer on the finance team at SWR. He sets direction for the organization’s financial processes and activities alongside management and board members. From the moment we first met Patrick we were inspired by his strong passion for sustainability and the amazing technical knowledge that he brings to our team. We admire and […]

Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach

Last Tuesday (November 27, 2018), the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted an event at Borealis Grille & Bar entitled “Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach.” The sold-out event was a great success, featuring two speakers with first-hand experience in implementing waste reduction strategies in their organizations. Ben Dunbar, the Manager of Waste Operations at AET […]

Save on Energy: Energy Management in Organizations

On Tuesday, October 2nd, Save on Energy: Energy Management for Organizations was held at the Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Conference Centre. Featuring three knowledgeable guest speakers, this event gave professionals an opportunity to discuss the benefits of implementing energy management and energy efficiency projects in their own offices and workplaces. Greg Rushby, the founding principal of […]

Township of Wilmot Featured in Case Study

Having been a member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative since 2015, the Township of Wilmot has become the first township in Waterloo Region to set a public greenhouse gas reduction target. They are working towards reducing their emissions by 25% using 2012 as their baseline. Some of their projects are already showing successful savings in […]