Upcoming Events

Carbon Cleanse Kick-Off

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

When: 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Where: evolv1 | "Make Change" Classroom | 420 Wes Graham Way | Waterloo, ON N2L 0A7

Welcome to the Regional Sustainability Initiative’s 5th Annual Carbon Cleanse! It is a series of weekly challenges focused around the themes of Water, Energy, Waste, and Commuting, where companies compete to see who can produce the smallest carbon footprint. It starts on March 25th and ends on April 18th. A trophy will be awarded to the organization with the most points at the end. Join in for fun, community, and the right to brag about being the most sustainable organization in the Waterloo Region!

Don't know where to start? Confused about how to earn points? Looking for something a little more challenging? Come join our information session to find out more about how you can compete in this year's Carbon Cleanse.

Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

When: 11:00 AM - 1:00PM

Where: Proof Kitchen + Lounge | 110 Erb St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1T5 | Waterloo, ON N2L 1T5

Please note: new date + new time.

It may be winter, but it is never too early to start planning for spring. Your outdoor space will soon need a spring cleaning, so why not learn to make the process environmentally sustainable! Join us on Thursday, February 28th for a lunch and learn from 11:00aM - 1:00PM at Proof Kitchen + Lounge (110 Erb St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1T5). Speakers will address how to best maintain the outside of your property including landscapes and hardscapes. Learn how industry experts tackle environmental sustainability by conducting preventative maintenance. Speaker details to follow.

Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Victoria Park Pavilion 80 Schneider Ave Kitchener, ON N2G 1K9 Canada

Contact Email: eventstaff@sustainablewr.ca

Join us for a special keynote presentation from Patagonia discussing what they are doing to integrate sustainability into their operations, products, and their people!

When Yvon Chouinard founded his outdoor apparel company Patagonia in 1973, he wanted to build a business that attracted people who shared his interest in exploring and protecting nature. In 1986 the company began committing 1% of sales to environmental activism, and today, Patagonia works to be one leaders in corporate social responsibility and challenges other companies to do the same. Recently Chouinard decided to take the company’s commitment further, and in December declared that its new mission would read, “We’re in business to save the planet.”

While it is public now, Patagonia has spent the past year moving toward this mission, to ensure it’s more than just a slogan employees can repeat at meetings. District Environmental Coordinator, Rebecca Goodstein, and Patagonia Toronto’s Environmental Point Person, Mason Prout will share how through business, investments, the company’s voice and community, Patagonia works to support and elevate as many activists as possible who are working on the front lines of the environmental crisis.

photos of speakers for event

Rebecca is the Environmental Coordinator for Patagonia’s East Coast district, helping to oversee the company’s environmental and community programs. This includes grantmaking, advocacy, community outreach, employee activism, and working with retail staff to implement company-wide environmental campaigns and initiatives. She previously worked as a grant writer for the Student Conservation Association, the Environmental Point Person for Patagonia DC, and on the Conservation Journeys team for 11 years at The Nature Conservancy. Rebecca lives with her partner and their cat in Washington, D.C.

Mason is the Environmental Point Person and Social Media Coordinator at Patagonia Toronto, where he oversees the environmental initiatives and social media presence on a local level. This includes the allocation of grant donations to local non-profit organizations, inspiring staff to participate in engagement opportunities such as Activism Hours and internships, maintaining a positive and active relationship with grassroots environmental groups, and implementing and supporting environmental initiatives from both Patagonia and community partners. Mason is a Ryerson University graduate with previous experience as a manager for an Algonquin Park-based adventure company, local work for the City of Thunder Bay, and years in the bush, tree planting in Northwestern Ontario and BC.

What to Expect:

– Keynote presentation regarding what Patagonia is doing to integrate sustainability into their operations, products, and their people

– Light appetizers

– Networking before the event

– Question period to interact with speakers

Who Should Attend:

– Anyone interested in learning about Patagonia or the actions they are taking

– Individuals representing organizations in the Waterloo Region sustainability network

– Community members and students interested in learning about sustainability and business or seeking opportunities with the local environmental network

Traveling to the Event:

– We encourage you to try more environmentally friendly methods of traveling to and from the event

–  Consider carpooling, taking public transit, biking, or walking

–  February is Carpool Month to find a carpool buddy and reduce your traveling impact, please visit here

10th Annual Evening of Recognition

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

When: 4:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Stay tuned for details!


Sustainable Waterloo Region hosts events that provide unique networks, direction, and inspiration for building environmental sustainability into an organization’s culture.

Check out our past events here.