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WSDG Announces New Services

WSDG is fully committed to maintaining close ties to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released by the United Nations in 2015. The team and partner consultants continue to follow suggestions and guidelines outlined by the SDGs to do our part in moving closer to targets laid-out for 2030. Goals such as helping to end extreme global poverty put forth extreme efforts to begin reversing climate change and to fight inequality & injustice. As Development Practitioners, WSDG also aims to carry our Canadian perspective and best-practices into each project and event to foster a spirit of inclusivity to develop, evaluate …

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WSDG Co-Establishes Specialized Canadian Consortium to Improve Food Security and Nutrition Overseas

The Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG), Ripple Farms, the University of Lethbridge, and Lethbridge College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate collaborative efforts to further develop Aquaponics and related sustainable agriculture technologies that enhance overseas food production and security. According to the latest World Food Program “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2017)” report, the number of chronically undernourished people around the world is believed to have increased to around 815 million in 2016, up from 777 million in 2015, sending a clear warning that the ambition of achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal …

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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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