Sustainable Waterloo Launches the Regional Carbon Initiative


    WATERLOO REGION, ON, June 17 /CNW/ - Sustainable Waterloo is pleased to
announce the launch of the Regional Carbon Initiative and its first three
Pledging Partner organizations. Sustainable Waterloo is a not-for-profit that
guides organizations in Waterloo Region towards a more environmentally
sustainable future. To do so, Sustainable Waterloo facilitates collaboration
between industry, local government, academia and NGOs, with a focus on the
high-tech sector.
    Last night Sustainable Waterloo hosted 250 guests at its Regional Carbon
Initiative Launch Event at the Waterloo Inn. The event included a presentation
on incorporating social responsibility into business strategy, an incredible
emission reduction case from VeriForm Inc., and the official announcement of
both the Regional Carbon Initiative reduction framework and Sustainable
Waterloo's first Pledging Partners: Athena Software, Enermodal Engineering and
VeriForm Inc.
    Organizations that participate in Sustainable Waterloo's Regional Carbon
Initiative will commit to a carbon reduction target within a standardized
framework. There are two membership options available for the Regional Carbon
Initiative. A Pledging Partner makes a public commitment to reduce carbon
emissions and is recognized for the achievements associated with its
sustainability practices. Observing Organizations have access to the same
service offering as Pledging Partners, however do not make their carbon
reduction goals public. Pledging Partners commit to a reduction at Gold,
Silver, or Bronze levels with 60%, 40% and 20% minimum reductions respectively
as the goal over a ten year commitment.

    Last night, Sustainable Waterloo's first Pledging Partners were announced
as follows:-   Athena Software, Bronze Pledging Partner: 20% intensity-based
        reduction in 10 years (i.e. 20% reduction per full-time employee)
    -   Enermodal Engineering, Gold Pledging Partner: 100% absolute reduction
        ("carbon neutral") in 10 years
    -   VeriForm, Gold Pledging Partner: 100% absolute reduction ("carbon
        neutral") in 10 years"We're incredibly excited not only to officially launch the Regional
Carbon Initiative, but also to celebrate the commitments of these three
leading organizations in Waterloo Region" says Sustainable Waterloo's
Executive Director Mike Morrice. "Our first Pledging Partners have announced
ambitious carbon emission reduction goals and we're thrilled to work with them
and other organizations in Waterloo Region - particular the high-tech sector -
to demonstrate our community's leadership in environmental sustainability."
    All Regional Carbon Initiative members will be provided with a carbon
accounting and reporting tool, quarterly educational forums and technical
workshops, a directory of Waterloo Region environmental services
professionals, inclusion in consolidated reporting and public recognition of
their achievements, as merited.
    Diane Stanley-Horn, Co-founder and Director of Training and Support
Services at Athena Software, added her excitement for the Regional Carbon
Initiative: "At Athena Software we are commitment to environmental
sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and so participation in
Sustainable Waterloo's Regional Carbon Initiative was a perfect opportunity
for our company to showcase this with a quantified commitment to reduce our
carbon emissions. We're thrilled to be a part of this initiative."
    For more information on how organizations participate in the Regional
Carbon Initiative, please see "The Guide to the Regional Carbon Initiative",
which details the official reduction framework, the reporting procedure, and
the GHG accounting methodology that will be used for all Pledging Partners.
This document is available for free download on the Sustainable Waterloo
website at www.sustainablewaterloo.org/guide. It is the outcome of several
months of intensive research and community consultations that involved
analysis of industry precedents and climate change science, as well as
consultations with key community stakeholders, environmental professionals,
and two community-based working groups comprised of representatives from
industry, local government, academia and environmental NGOs.

    About Sustainable Waterloo

    Sustainable Waterloo is a not-for-profit that guides organizations in
Waterloo Region towards a more environmentally sustainable future. To do so,
Sustainable Waterloo facilitates collaboration between industry, local
government, academia and NGOs, with a focus on the high-tech sector. The
current work of Sustainable Waterloo is centered on the Regional Carbon
Initiative, which supports voluntary target setting and reductions of carbon
emissions in organizations across Waterloo Region.




For further information: Media Contact, Joanna la Fleur, Public
Relations Manager, Sustainable Waterloo, 22 King St S, Suite 405, Waterloo,
ON, N2J 1N8, PH: (519) 772-0621 ext 702;
joanna.lafleur@sustainablewaterloo.org