Overview

Canada’s first net-positive energy multi-tenant building is currently under development by the Cora Group, on track for completion and move-in late 2018. This unique project was envisioned by Sustainable Waterloo Region, The Cora Group, The David Johnston Research + Technology Park, and EY Canada.

SWR is working with a variety of partners on the creation of evolvGREEN – an innovation hub on the main floor of evolv1 that fosters the development of our local clean economy and a culture of sustainability in the building.

 

 

 

 

evolvGREEN is the region’s foremost collaborative workspace for entrepreneurs, researchers and clean economy supporters. Located in Canada’s first net positive office building, evolv1, we offer a community approach to driving the clean economy and leading changes that will reduce environmental impact and improve well-being.

In collaboration with the Accelerator Centre, the City of Waterloo, Laurier, the Region of Waterloo, and the University of Waterloo we seek:


  • To Inspire Change – In order to innovate, big thinkers need access to big problems, research, and data. In order to implement change, Industry needs access to innovative solutions and talent. evolvGREEN provides a space for those players to meet, work and inspire each other.
  • To Lead Innovative Research – Leveraging the evolv1 building, Canada’s first net positive office space, and the partnership of the University of Waterloo and Laurier, we conduct research that advances sustainability and well-being in close collaboration with community, industry, and government partners.
  • To Accelerate Commercialization – A natural result of the research and collaboration happening at evolvGREEN is the development of new products and services. Entrepreneurs looking to build companies that support a clean economy have access to startup accelerator programming and mentorship though the Accelerator Centre’s specialized clean tech programming.

To learn how you can get involved, please contact:

Tanya Markvart | Manager, Culture of Sustainability Sustainable Waterloo Region
Office: (519) 603-2223
Cell: (519) 500-3253
Email: tanya.markvart@sustainablewaterlooregion.ca

Tova Davidson | Executive Director
Sustainable Waterloo Region
Office: (519) 603-2223
Cell: (519) 835-3838
Email: tova.davidson@sustainablewr.ca

The evolv1 building was envisioned collaboratively, and is developed & owned by the Cora Group – it is focused on four key design principles:


  1. Regenerative: The building gives back to its environment, designed to have net-positive impact.
  2. Scalable: Financially viable, making the business-case to inspire other regenerative buildings across Canada and around the world.
  3. Innovation & Collaboration: Through its development and operation, the building will advance sustainable solutions and deepen our role as a sustainability leader provincially and nationally.
  4. People: Working with a team of leading behavioural psychology researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University, we are seeking to foster a culture of sustainability in the evolv1 building by embedding a contextualized engagement strategy.

Click here to visit the official evolv1 building webpage.

Click here to view the feasibility study that provided the foundation for this project.

 

Project Partners

evolv1 Partners

evolvGREEN Partners

Project Partners/Supporters