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EY Leads Lunch & Learn on Sustainable Financial Reporting
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 Knutso ...
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Transporting your Business
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 ...
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Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
The Evening of Recognition is always a highlight of our year, and we love being able to connect with the community and share the stories of the work and achievements our members are undertaking. This year, we were excited to recognize two of our memb ...
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Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
On March 5th, SWR hosted “Venturing into Sustainable Business: A Talk with Patagonia.” Patagonia is a giant in the business of sustainable operations. Started by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 as Chouinard Equipment, the company developed from producing one ...
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Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Last month, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted a Spring Cleaning event at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. Attendees at the event came to learn about how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance for their commercial properties. The first speaker ...
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Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
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 sus ...
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Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
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 ...
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Save on Energy: Energy Management in Organizations
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 b ...
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Reflections on COP21

The Sustainable Waterloo Region network has some pretty incredible people in it, and that includes the amazing folks on our board of directors. While none of the SWR core team was able to attend COP21, we were represented there by one of our board members, Ian Rowlands. For those of you that may not have […]

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Organizations in Waterloo Region taking local action for global climate change

WATERLOO REGION, ON (December 17, 2015) – There have been extraordinary conversations about climate change on the global level over the last week at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, COP21, but closer to home, Waterloo Region is ahead of the curve in taking action to combat climate change. Close to 70 organizations in Waterloo Region, […]

When 3 Months Turns to 3 Years: My Journey with ClimateActionWR

Have you ever started something and vastly underestimated how much impact it would eventually have?  Maybe it’s a casual first date that becomes a life partner, a lecture that grows to be a sweeping passion, or a few wistful lines that transform into an autobiography. For me, it has been the journey over the past […]

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The Economics of Extreme Weather: Where to Invest in Solutions?

Over the past few years, the global costs of climate change have become increasingly clear. Last month, this reality really hit home for me, quite literally: in each of the two July rainstorms that struck Waterloo Region, different parts of the same tree fell on my house on Cherry St in Kitchener. And I wasn’t […]

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A Sum Greater than all of its Parts

Forget logic for a minute.  Does 2 + 2 always equal 4, or can it add up to something greater? There is something innately satisfying about being able to quantifiably measure progress.  Success may be defined by a 2% decrease in the unemployment rate, a video that goes viral with 6 million hits, a marathoner […]

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The Winter that Never Was

As the winter season winds down, you may find yourself questioning if it ever really came in the first place. March 21st will mark the end of what some are calling the winter that never was. There has been a lot of chatter across the country about this unusually warm and variable season, but how does […]

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What is Stephen Harper Reading?

What is Stephen Harper Reading? Every two weeks since April 2007, celebrated Canadian Author Yann Martel (author of the Man Booker Prize winning, ‘Life of Pi’) sends a letter and book to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an effort to humbly, “make suggestions to his stillness”. On March 30, 2009. Martel sent him a book […]

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The World’s Oldest Living Things

If you had the chance, what would you ask a 9,550 year old spruce tree? I’ve been thinking about this question for a few days and I’m still not sure. If it was 200 years old, I’d ask it what piece of technology has changed the world the most. If it was 2000 years old […]