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Ensure alignment of sustainability initiatives align to the Region of Waterloo’s Corporate Strategic Plan, Regional Official Plan and most of their Infrastructure Master Plans. Currently, the 2019-2023 Corporate Strategic Plan has five focus areas. Two of these are directly related to sustainability: Sustainable Transportation, and Environment and Climate Change. It also outlines five strategic imperatives to be considered when implementing all actions, and these include Climate Action, as well as Equity and Partnerships. More information can be found at https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/regional-government/corporate-strategic-plan.aspx#.


The Region is currently in year 3 of the lighting retrofit program which includes 10-12 of the larger buildings including 99 Regina, Sunnyside Home, 150 Main and social housing, in the exteriors and common spaces.


Sustainability Projects


The Region of Waterloo reduced their emissions despite an increase in the number of residents over time. The Region of Waterloo reduced emissions by conducting LED retrofits which saved 155 tonnes of CO2e, and the installation of solar panels creating 255,000 kWh of clean energy.


Region of Waterloo Corporate Energy Office completed 25 lighting retrofits of various facilities with the installation of LED lighting technology. The result will be an annual energy reduction of 338,424 kWh of electricity, equating to an annual savings of $50,764 and an avoidance of approximately 13,537 kg of GHG emissions.


Lighting Retrofit Update: The Region is currently in year 3 of the lighting retrofit program which includes 10-12 of the larger buildings including 99 Regina, Sunnyside Home, 150 Main and social housing, in the exteriors and common spaces. Social Housing Portfolio: In 2017, the Region began renovation planning for the kitchen and bathrooms in social housing including replacing faucets, toilets and shower aerators.


Retrofitting & Recommissioning: The Region of Waterloo conducted a large LED lighting retrofit to 14 building, resulting in a reduction of over 2700 MWh and the avoidance of 155 tonnes of GHG emissions. The Region also recommissioned two buildings which resulted in diverting the use of 350,000 cubic metres of natural gas and 400 MWh of electricity.


Electric Vehicle Purchase: Purchased two electric vehicles for staff business travel and two charging stations as a pilot project to help reduce mileage reimbursement costs and GHG emissions. The Nissan Leaf and SmartforTwo EV were equipped with data loggers to track various usage data which will help the Region optimize the benefits of these fleet vehicles over time. Results for the 1st nine months of use include over $5,000 reduction in mileage claims and 90% of both energy cost savings and reduction of GHGs compared to staff driving their own vehicle for work. Kitchener Transit Facility

Expansion: An expansion to a Regional transit bus facility in Kitchener was recently completed and will operate with 50-60% less energy consumption. Energy efficiency features incorporated into this facility are expected to save an estimated $50,000 per year and include condensing boilers, variable frequency drives fans and pumps, radiant floor heating in addition to 1000 roof-top solar PV panels which can provide up to 315,000 kWh of emission-free electricity annually. Two 100,000 litre tanks were also installed on site to collect rain water for washing buses which will save 5,000 – 7,000 m3 of water consumption annually at a cost savings of $15,000 – $20,000 each year.


Solar Energy Projects: 16 roof-top Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems that feed 1,050 Megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity were installed on regional housing facilities, child care buildings, operations centres and water services facilities. Collectively, these 16 roof-top PV systems will avoid 200 tonnes of GHG emissions annually.

Anti-Idling Campaign: Installed anti-idling technology on regional fleet saving 2071 kg CO2 in emissions.


Solar PV Renewable Energy System: Completed and are operating a solar PV system creating 255,000 kWh of clean renewable energy per year for Regional buildings.

Hybrid Fleet: Purchased 6 hybrid diesel electric transit buses, which will cumulatively reduce up to 80 tonnes of GHGs annually.

Waste Diversion: Diverted approximately 10,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill (estimated to be 5,000 more than their base year value) which could avoid over 5,600 tonnes of GHG emissions.