Region of Waterloo
The Region of Waterloo is responsible for providing approximately 60% of municipal government services including: water and waste water treatment; garbage, recycling and green bin collection; police and emergency medical services (e.g. ambulance and paramedics); public health and social services (e.g. clinics and daycares); local transit; affordable housing and seniors facilities; museums; road construction, traffic signals and street lighting; community and transportation planning.
Business Type: Government - Regional
24% GHG reduction commitment from 2009 (intensity)
Emissions: The Region began tracking their GHG emissions in 2009. The graph below displays their emissions data thus far.
Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects
Sustainability is a part of the Region of Waterloo’s Corporate Strategic Plan, Regional Official Plan and most of their Infrastructure Master Plans. The Region’s Environmental Leadership Committee meets approximately 3 times per year. Some of their successes include the creation of their Waste Management Master Plan, a Corporate Energy Plan, fleet program review and anti-idling pilot project.
ClimateActionWR Lead Organization: The Region is a founding partner of the project.
In terms of sustainability, some of their successes were that their landfill is successfully managed, and there is continuous expansion of transit services, such as the LRT. They are pursuing LEED Gold certification for their newly constructed Waterloo Region Museum, to be highlighted in terms of innovative building design practices, water reduction and protection as well as re-use of local materials. They are also a ‘lead organization’ in ClimateActionWR and a funding partner of the project.
The Region reached Milestone 5 by completing the FCM/ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection program. The Region also participated in numerous sustainability events including ClimateActionWR public forums as well as the Region’s annual EcoFest event.