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WSDG Signs MOU with Slate Strategies for International Trade and Partnerships

  Within the mandate of engaging in sustainable local economic development through international trade, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group’s (WSDG) Chief Strategic Officer, Ian Chow has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chris Fernando, Principal of Toronto based business developer and marketing specialist, Slate Strategies, setting the foundation for exploring collaboration in developing export capacity in the global south. The two sides agreed to explore collective work on promoting economic development in impoverished nations and communities around the world through developing their capacity to export products and services via direct trade facilitation, benefiting the livelihoods and welfare of those target …

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WSDG Facilitates RETScreen Clean Energy Software Training Workshop at UW

Within its commitment to realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), especially SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) has facilitated a RETScreen Software Training Workshop at the University of Waterloo (UW) in cooperation with Professor Paul Parker, Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment, and the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET). More than 35 UW graduate students from various disciplines and community members took part in the workshop, during which they learnt from Dr. Dragos Paraschiv, P. Eng., PhD, how to use the software, which is an advanced clean …

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AlFarra at the What Can YOUth Do? Conference: “Solid Networks and Partnerships are Key to Achieving the SDG’s”

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group CEO Tarek AlFarra emphasized the importance of solid partnerships and networks when pursuing the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the opening session of the 2017 edition of the annual “What Can YOUth Do?” Conference (WCYD17), which was held at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo on Wednesday. “A large part of what WSDG does is grow and strengthen its sustainable development network. In the span of less than a year since its inception, WSDG has successfully developed globally spanning solid partnerships and links with leaders in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, water management, economic development, …

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WSDG Participates in Toronto’s Inclusive Cities Summit

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group’s (WSDG) Chief Strategic Officer, Ian Chow, took part in the “Inclusive Cities Summit”, which explored the UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda at the University of Toronto. During the two day event, discussions centered on themes such as governance, accessibility, affordability and healthy communities and creating resilient cities that can withstand future stresses and shocks. The summit helped put into context the New Urban Agenda – which falls under the umbrella initiatives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’S) – into a Toronto and Canadian context. This was the first such large scale event to be held in Canada in …

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WSDG Partners with IREA in Renewable Energy Training and Promotion

The International Renewable Energy Academy (IREA) and the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) have agreed to explore cooperation and partner in promoting and facilitating renewable energy training opportunities around the world. The agreement, reached during the IREA 2017 inaugural week that took place in Toronto and Oxford County, Ontario, paves the way for exploring cooperation in providing top notch renewable energy training in wind energy, solar energy and energy storage internationally. The International Renewable Energy Academy (IREA) is a new and independent experiential learning academy that was created at Toronto’s York University “to advance the adoption of 100% renewable energy …

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WSDG Joins High Profile Smart Energy Systems Discussion ; Attends Inauguration of 230 MW Niagara Region Wind Farm

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) CEO Tarek AlFarra joined the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) and Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s (AHK) round-table discussion with Germany’s WindNODE and Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) on Smart Energy Systems and their role in enabling the utilization of fluctuating renewable energy sources. The event, which took place at the AHK offices in Toronto with the participation of various prominent renewable energy professionals, saw discussions on smart energy systems and presentations from Markus Graebig from WindNODE, Heiko Staubitz from GTAI, and Nicolle Risse, from OSEA. WindNODE is a German consortium with over …

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WSDG to Explore Sustainable Agriculture Collaboration with Toronto-Based Ripple Farms

Within the framework of its goal to disseminate best practices and technologies in sustainable agriculture, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Toronto based aquaponics developer Ripple Farms, setting in place the foundation for exploring collaboration in providing aquaponics agricultural solutions to international clients through WSDG’s global network. Aquaponics is a system of agriculture in which conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals in controlled tanks) is combined with hydroponics (the cultivation of plants in water without soil) in a symbiotic relationship whereby the aquatic animal waste provides the nutrients for the plants to grow. With its …

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WSDG and Affecting Change Sign MOU

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) Chief Strategic Officer, Ian Chow, and Affecting Change Inc CEO, Sandra Lester, have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding that paves the way for cooperation in sustainable architecture and sustainable development. Affecting Change Inc., an architectural firm based in Toronto, Canada focuses on green building design and sustainable development. Key projects include the the Humber River Hospital LEED certification and the environmentally sustainable Fogo Island Inn, which helped increase local empowerment and economic development capacity in the Newfoundland and Labrador island. This agreement brings together two organizations with shared interests in pursuing carbon reduction, net zero …

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WSDG Meets with Ripple Farms to Explore Cooperation

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) Chief Strategic Officer, Ian Chow, and MoU partner Affecting Change Inc, CEO, Sandra Lester, visited Ripple Farms to explore further cooperation in strategic implementation of food security. Ripple Farms, an aquaponics social enterprise founded by Co-Owner Steven Bourne, focuses on enabling access and strengthening food security for low income families in the Global North and the Global South. The meeting took place on location at Ripple Farm’s aquaponics facility, at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto. Chow and Lester were given a tour by Bourne, who underlined the importance of creating this self-sustainable food production system, which also …

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WSDG Takes Part in Integrating Sustainability Co-Design

WSDG Chief Operating Officer, Laura Hartwell and Chief Strategic Officer, Ian Chow took part in a co-design discussing integrating sustainability in post-secondary institutions. The workshop, which was hosted by Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op (SOSEC) brought together social innovation experts from post secondary institutions, researchers and sustainable energy champions. Through a systems approach, the workshop was led by Howard Tam from ThinkFresh Group to explore ideas and cultivate the momentum to carry these ideas back into post-secondary institutions. A guest speaker, Bernie McIntyre of the Toronto and Region Conservation Association (TRCA), addressed the importance of not only innovation but collaboration with …

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