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 and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Sign Cooperation Agreement on the Sidelines of the 2017 Powering Prosperity Awards

The Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets into motion collaboration in the areas of promoting sustainable energy advocacy and proliferation in Canada and abroad. The agreement, formally signed by WSDG’s CEO Tarek Alfarra and OSEA’s Executive Director Nicole Risse on the sidelines of the 2017 Powering Prosperity Awards, which honor the achievements of Ontario’s leaders in sustainable energy, aims to explore cooperation in promoting Ontario’s highly innovative sustainable energy industry. WSDG’s CSO Ian Chow, COO Laura Hartwell and CCDO Nicole Maynard-Li were also present to witness the …

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The Prospects for an Effective Canadian Climate Change Strategy Op-Ed (2 of 2)

Who is Paying for Carbon Reduction? Most recently in October 2016, Trudeau imposed a carbon fee of 10$/tonne by 2018 and to go up to 50$/tonne by 2022 (if the provinces haven’t established a price on their own) in hopes it will result in carbon reduction. Revenues are to be returned to the province in which the federal price is imposed. The cost of this carbon fee is highly contentious as most consumers fear the cost will come from their own pockets. Some unknowns of these fees include: The basis on which provincial carbon price will be determined to be …

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The Prospects for an Effective Canadian Climate Change Strategy Op-Ed (1 of 2)

WSDG’S Chief Strategy Officer Ian Chow took part in an event held by Science for Peace at the University of Toronto titled “The Prospects for an Effective Canadian Climate Change Strategy”. Delivering the keynote address was York University Faculty of Environment’s Professor Mark Winfield. Summarizing the keynote, Chow adds a few key points to the discussion of Canadian climate change strategy. The Economic, Health, and Environmental Implications of Climate Change Recently I have stumbled a few articles from climate change deniers stating that excessive CO2 is good for us. Professor Winfield had even stated that the “Greenhouse effect is a …

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WSDG, The Paragon Group, Explore Cooperation in Renewable Energy Services

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Within its ongoing efforts to provide its clients with comprehensive, reliable and affordable services, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Paragon Group, a renewable energy services engineering firm to explore various avenues of cooperation and exchange of expertise in the field of renewable energy engineering. The MoU, which paves the way for both companies to officially explore cooperation in sustainable renewable energy services and projects in Canada and Internationally, was formally signed on Tuesday at Kitchener’s Treehaus Collaborative Workspace in the presence of WSDG’s CEO, Tarek Alfarra, CSO Ian Chow, and …

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WSDG Participates in the Province of Ontario 100% Renewable Energy Open House

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group’s Chief Strategy Officer Ian Chow has participated in Ontario’s “100% Renewable Energy Open House” consultation event, which discussed the Ministry of Environment’s long term energy plan. The event is one of 17 consultations the province is hosting as part of its consultation process on how to switch to a 100% renewable energy reliance. At the event, Chow voiced to Ministry of Environment officials WSDG’s reflections on a number of energy-related matters that included the upcoming cap and trade implementations, recent renewable energy innovations, Northern Ontario energy development and the effects on treaty land, oil pipelines, and …

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WSDG Tours OSEA’s Green Energy Doors Open 2016

WSDG partners Tarek Alfarra and Ian Chow took part in this year’s edition of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s “Green Energy Doors Open” province-wide three-day expo where they toured and cemented links with a number of participating community and commercial sustainable energy entities and businesses across Ontario, Canada. In Elora, Alfarra and Chow visited Anvil Crawler Development Corp’s offices – located in a purpose built 500 KW solar building – and examined their new off-grid electric vehicle car charger and portable and scalable off-grid “AC Power House”, which is designed to provide a 24-hour solar energy output. They also met …

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