Past Regional Sustainability Initiative Events |

Please see below for examples of previous events.  Members can access full event details, slides, and videos on MemberLink.

Engaging Employees with Eco-Gamification – Peer-2-Peer Session

Gamification is an approach that leverages gaming concepts such as achievements, competition, rewards and recognition to influence behaviours. It often also adds an element of fun. Although still an emerging trend, research shows that sustainability / eco-gamification is showing promise in areas such as sustainable transport, employee engagement, energy and recycling. At this session, we discussed how gamification can help sustainability efforts and what kinds of opportunities within attendee’s organizations could benefit from introducing gaming concepts. We shared how Sustainable Waterloo Region is proposing to incorporate game elements into the Regional Carbon Initiative.

Speakers included:
Matthew Day, Program Manager at Sustainable Waterloo Region
Tanya Chisholm, Program Manager at Desire2Learn

Presentation began at 8:00am.

This complimentary event was for Regional Carbon Initiative and Communitech Members only.


Prioritizing Sustainability in a Growing Business – Peer-2-Peer Session

Prioritizing sustainability in a quickly growing business is an endeavor that takes a creative, pro-active and ever-changing approach in order to be effective. During this session, Diane Stanley-Horn, Director of Athena Software, shared the successes and challenges that she has experienced while continuing to keep Athena Software engaged in sustainability initiatives during its consistent expansion. Attendees were encouraged to come prepared to share their own experiences, in order to recognize common best practices and challenges. The objective of this session was to leave participants with dynamic approaches to making sustainability an essential component of their growing workplace.

Date: Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Atlas/Matrix Room, Communitech Hub, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener


On the Road to Sustainability

Many leading organizations are taking advantage of effective fleet management strategies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and transportation costs. The fleet is often one of the highest costs on a corporation’s balance sheet. Effective fleet cost management can increase profitability but to implement a plan with the greatest payback while minimizing your carbon footprint, you need to take a holistic approach. At this educational forum, attendees learned what valuable programs, tools and best management practices are available to them and how other organizations are successfully maximizing their fleet efficiency.  Roger Smith of Fleet Challenge Ontario and Gene Moser of Challenger Motor Freight served as speakers for this event.

Date: Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Conference Centre, 30 Fairway Road South, Kitchener, Ontario


Making Sustainability Make Sense

Sustainability projects can generate a significant return on investment (ROI), but the people approving your sustainability initiatives need to easily understand the real project payback. Attendees of this workshop were able to see how other companies use cost reduction calculations to promote their projects, how they could use an ROI analysis tool to help determine a project’s financial value, and how factoring in hidden savings of maintenance and avoidance costs could dramatically improve their project payback. Paul Rak served as guest speaker for this workshop.

Date: Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan, 350 Pinebush Road, Cambridge Ontario


January GHG Data Entry Webinar

Need a refresher on uploading and reporting your GHG data? This is the last of our free monthly webinars on using the Carbon Accounting Tool.

Taking a Barn-Raising Approach to Low-Impact Buildings

How can tenants, landlords, and developers all benefit from working together to lower the environmental impact of our workplaces? Collaborations like these are win-win when you consider the financial incentives available, the rise of low-impact development expertise, and the energy and cost savings you’ll realize from implemented projects. Event goers found out what tenants should be asking for and what options exist for new and retrofit building projects. A panel of local leaders also candidly shared their perspectives on where low-impact workplaces currently stand in Waterloo Region and what is needed to catalyze more sustainable building options. This event featured James Gray-Donald, Craig Beattie, Braden Kurczak, Rod Regier, and Laird Robertson.

Date: Monday, November 11th, 2013
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Waterloo Inn, Regent Room, Waterloo, Ontario

4th Annual Evening of Recognition

At our 4th Annual Evening of Recognition we released our 2012 Report and celebrated the sustainability accomplishments of an expanding network of organizations in Waterloo Region. Attendees learned about the growing impacts of this sustainability network by connecting with hundreds of representatives from local businesses and the community, while hearing from Regional Carbon Initiative organizations that are making ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments and collaborating to achieve these targets.

Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Viennese Ballroom, Waterloo Inn, 475 King Street North, Waterloo, ON