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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 benefits of implementing energy management and energy efficiency projects in their own offices and workplaces. Greg Rushby, the founding principal of Rushby Energy Solutions Inc., was the first speaker. Greg offered a great introduction to the morning by outlining what energy management means for organizations. Energy management is a continuous, pro ...
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Township of Wilmot Featured in Case Study
Township of Wilmot Featured in Case Study
Having been a member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative since 2015, the Township of Wilmot has become the first township in Waterloo Region to set a public greenhouse gas reduction target. They are working towards reducing their emissions by 25% using 2012 as their baseline. Some of their projects are already showing successful savings in both cost and energy usage. Check out their case study to learn more ...
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Change Management and Sustainability
Change Management and Sustainability
On June 13th, professionals gathered at the Walper Hotel in Kitchener for a Change Management and Sustainability event, where change management practice, tools, and how to apply them were discussed. Matthew Day, Manager of SWR’s Regional Sustainability Initiative, opened the event with a brief overview of Regional Sustainability Initiative’s end-of-year member survey. The top three goals across all members were: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reducing energy use, and increasing employee engagement. The goal of employee engagement stuck out because many members expressed a desire for ...
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Event Recap – It’s All About the Numbers
Event Recap – It’s All About the Numbers
On May 22nd 2018, Paul Rak (President and founder of Cambridge-based VeriForm Inc.) made the business case for implementing low-technology sustainability initiatives into everyday business operations. The event took place at Waterloo North Hydro and was attended by an assortment of professionals looking to learn how to optimize sustainability, efficiency, and cost-savings in their operations. Rak began by giving an overview of the company, when they started their journey towards sustainability, and the results the company has achieved since. VeriForm is a metal fabricating company which specia ...
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Evening of Recognition 2018 Recap
Evening of Recognition 2018 Recap
Thursday, April 12 was a big day for Sustainable Waterloo Region and the many program participants and volunteers who help make everything we do such a success. On April 12, we celebrated our 9th Evening of Recognition. The Turret at Wilfrid Laurier University was standing room only as sustainability leaders gathered to celebrate their successes and achievements, swap stories, and share learnings. That the event was held at Laurier was particularly meaningful; for 10 years, Wilfrid Laurier University has played a critical role in helping SWR and all Regional Sustainability Initiative members a ...
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10 ways our volunteers ROCK!
10 ways our volunteers ROCK!
Over the four years that I have been at Sustainable Waterloo Region, I have been repeatedly amazed and touched with the kinds of time and talent that are shared in this community to work together for the creation of a shared vision of the future. From students to community leadership, the volunteers at SWR are incredible. I could try to articulate all the things that people have done, but my memory is, as many of you have heard me say” like a steel sieve”, so I would rather share the top 10 ways that volunteers make all of us at SWR so very grateful. Professional expertise. Many of our volunt ...
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Volunteers Support Professional Development
Volunteers Support Professional Development
I’ve been a member of the SWR team for a long time, starting as a volunteer back in 2008. The volunteer structure at SWR is very close to my heart. Over the years, I’ve seen the power of this model and what it’s done for the organization, helping us to reach higher and do more, with limited financial resources. I’ve also seen the valuable and transferable work experience that volunteers have gained from being part of the SWR team. Recently, in the last year and a half, I’ve come to truly appreciate a new layer that’s been added to the model. To set the context, historically our Human Resources ...
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Thank you to all the Green Team volunteers
Thank you to all the Green Team volunteers
What many folks might not realize about sustainability-focused efforts is that not all organizations have the capacity to have a designated role for this. On many occasions, it is the voluntary work of one or handful of employees who are passionate about the environment. The effort to pull together a green team, engage the whole organization, integrate sustainability awareness, report on energy consumption and waste diversion – these tasks are completed alongside their primary role but with equal amounts of enthusiasm. This is why at the Regional Sustainability Initiative, we refer to them as ...
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Faces of SWR – Nick Cloet

This week on Faces of SWR we are happy to introduce Nick Cloet, who is one of SWR’s longest standing volunteers. Nick got involved in SWR in the 4th year of his Environment and Business final project. His team developed a tool that could help readers identify potential projects to improve their organization’s sustainability. After […]

Faces of SWR – Janet Kimantas

Janet Kimantas joined SWR because it’s an organization that depends on and values its volunteers as much as its staff. She was motivated to get involved because she was looking for a challenge that would also be rewarding. Janet believes that what you get out of an experience is based on your contribution, and she […]

Faces of SWR – Kelly McMath

Kelly McMath is a long-time volunteer on the SWR PR team. In fact, when SWR was in its younger years, Kelly was the PR Manager, but now serves as a PR Generalist. When she started, Kelly was new to Waterloo Region and was looking for a way to develop her communications and networking skills while […]

Yvonne Stoll – Faces of SWR

We are happy to introduce our first volunteer profile, Yvonne Stoll! This profile is the start of a new series called Faces of SWR, where readers get to learn about all the amazing volunteers that help SWR tick. Outside of SWR, Yvonne is a full-time mother and Business Operations Manager, and part-time student completing her […]

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Faces of SWR – An Introduction

Volunteers are key contributors to success at Sustainable Waterloo Region. Throughout 2015, we had over 80 people volunteer with the organization. We are booming with local talent, personality, and motivation. Part of what makes our team so special is what our volunteers bring to the organization, but what makes it even more special is the […]

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions – Join the Movement

On October 6th I had the privilege of attending the David Suzuki Foundation Blue Dot Tour at The Centre in the Square. Many of the speakers, including our own Tova Davidson talked about our love, as a species, for telling stories. How the stories that were passed down from generation to generation were what made […]

A Big Thank You to our Volunteers

This week has been National Volunteer Week, and we here at Sustainable Waterloo Region want to send out an extra special thank you to the amazing volunteer team that is the foundation of our organization. We recently did a volunteer satisfaction survey and were thrilled to see that 87% of our volunteers are very proud […]

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A New Volunteer Perspective

In the early winter I was looking for a new volunteer experience, something to stimulate and inspire the Human Resources Professional inside me and something that I could actually use my HR skills and knowledge for.  I was fortunate enough to stumble across the Sustainable Waterloo Region website as part of the green team at […]

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When 300 Resumes Aren’t Enough

I finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo a few months ago and ever since, my colleagues and I have been on the prowl for jobs. Thanks to our mandatory co-op placements, we all have at least two years of work experience and have mastered the cover letter and resume. But, at least […]

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Volunteer Engagement at Sustainable Waterloo Region

Several times a week now, I’m asked: “How do you work with volunteers? Tell me how to do it.” While I don’t think we have ‘solved’ this challenge at Sustainable Waterloo Region, it’s something that has become somewhat of a competitive advantage for the organization. Without a doubt, we could not have started or had […]

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