The Region of Waterloo is committed to embracing environmental considerations in all of its decisions.  Clean air, water, land, green spaces and sensitive environmental features are important to ensuring Waterloo Region stays healthy, sustainable and liveable.

As an organization the Region is committed to reducing its environmental footprint as well as enabling residents and businesses to do the same with its programs and services.Some of these programs and services include:


Community Forum: A Land Trust for Waterloo Region? 

A Community Forum to explore creating a conservation land trust in our community.     

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The Region of Waterloo is hosting a community forum for individuals and organizations interested in exploring the possibility of establishing a community-based conservation land trust within the region.

A land trust is a non-profit registered charity which can hold land or conservation easements on significant natural or cultural heritage properties. Several are now in operation across Ontario.

For background information on this initiative, please review the attached report.

You are invited to attend the Region of Waterloo's Land Trust forum on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Regional Administrative Headquarters building, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener.

Speakers include:
  • Deborah Thompson, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance
  • Bernie VanDenBelt, a long-time member of the Thames Talbot Land Trust
  • Stephanie Sobek-Swant, Executive Director of the rare Charitable Research Reserve
  • Matt Setzkorn, Ontario Farmland Trust 
  • Robert Orland, Orland Conservation

There will be ample time for open discussions with presenters and participants.

Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, using the online registration link. 

Lunch and parking will be provided.

Our Progress

Communicating our progress: On-line public reporting software

progresssite.jpgAs part of our commitment to greener choices, we are significantly reducing the number of printed materials to report on the progress of our Region of Waterloo Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

An on-line tool has been developed for monitoring and communicating progress on the Region's commitment to Environmental Sustainability Strategy.  The web-based tool provides detailed and summary information about each of the actions in written and graphic formats (where available) illustrating progress made towards our Strategic Objectives and Focus Areas.


Community Environmental Fund 2014

apply here image with green background, green leafThe Community Environmental Fund (CEF) was established to support community-based environmental initiatives. The CEF assists community members and organizations who wish to carry out projects that protect, promote, and enhance our natural environment. 


Five priority themes exist within our Environmental Sustainability Strategy:

  • Air and energy: To effectively use and manage energy resources and reduce greenhouse gases and other air emissions from Regional activities.
  • Land: To manage and shape land use to ensure a liveable, healthy and sustainable Waterloo region.
  • Sustainability culture:  To foster stewardship of the natural environment and encourage behaviours to reduce environmental impact.
  • Waste: To reduce the amount of waste requiring landfill and the demand and impact on natural resources.
  • Water: to protect the quality and quantity of our water resources.


Thank you to everyone who has applied. Results of the 2014 Community Environmental Fund can be found online. Stay tuned for the Community Environmental Fund 2015. Applications will be available near the end of this year.




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