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Shopping Around Sustainability – Conestoga Mall Joins the RCI

With lots of activity in the last few months, Sustainable Waterloo Region has grown its membership (most importantly, intention by organizations in the region to commit to the reduction of GHG emissions).  At a grassroots level, Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) members work to reduce their environmental impact, but also find cost savings […]

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Reaping Sustainability’s Brand Benefits

So, you’ve already made the decision to commit your organization to improving its operational sustainability. (And if you haven’t, well, why not?) You probably made this decision for the most altruistic of reasons – “It’s the right thing to do!”, or “Preserving the planet so future generations can enjoy the things that we do.” But […]

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Getting ‘WISE’ on Electric Vehicles

Last week I, along with colleagues Sarah and David, test drove a new Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) through WISE (Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy) at the University of Waterloo.  I was surprised by the general power, feel, responsiveness, and handling of the vehicle itself.  Even at 110 km/h on the highway, the i-MiEV […]

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Zero-Carbon Zucchinis

Today, walking home in the freezing cold February weather, all I could think about was zucchinis. In my 5 minute walk home from work I had passed at least 15 houses with 15 accompanying backyards with 15 snowy lawns. And that’s when it came to me – those lawns could produce a lot of zucchinis. […]

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A Coarse Comparison: Public Transit vs. A Personal Car

Over the past year, I began voluntarily leaving my car at home in favour of public transit for trips outside of Waterloo Region. My intention was to begin to wean myself off of my car, in favour of a more sustainable mode of transportation. This summer I was on the bus back to Waterloo from […]

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How Will our Mayoral Candidates Support an Environmentally Sustainable Waterloo Region?

With the election less than a month away and mayoral candidates campaigning in full swing, it’s time for residents in Waterloo Region to think hard about the issues that are important to them, and how our elected officials are going to represent us in their respective offices, be they in Cambridge, in Kitchener, in Waterloo, […]

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Why is Community so Important in Creating a Sustainable Future?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” I love Margaret Mead’s famous quote because of its simple truth. I’ve been fortunate in my life to know people who believe in themselves, in good causes, and in the community around […]

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