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 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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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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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 Takes Part in DesignJam, Toronto

WSDG partners Tarek Alfarra and Ian Chow participated in a conference discussing the re-energization of the economy through social entrepreneurship and innovation. The conference, dubbed “DesignJam”, which was hosted by the Strategic Innovation Lab (sLAB) from OCAD University and held simultaneously at Algoma University in Toronto and Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, brought together social innovation experts from government, community organizations, industry and academic experts. Speakers included Andre Morriseau from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), Dr. Gayle Broad from the Algoma University’s NORDIK Institute, Ushnish Sengupta from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of …

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