Sustainable Waterloo works with organizations to track carbon emissions and set targets to reduce emissions. In March 2010, Laurier became an observing organization of Sustainable Waterloo enabling Laurier to use a carbon accounting tool to track the universityís carbon emissions.† For more information about Sustainable Waterloo, visit their website.
Grand River Transit
Grand River Transit (GRT) is a public transportation service which operates in the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge. This bus service offers a large selection of routes and transit locations, and enables thousands of people to easily travel within the cities. WLUSU and the GSA have signed contracts which provide all full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Laurier with a year-round, universal buss pass (U-Pass) for Grand River Transit services. For more information of GRT services and scheduling, visit them online.
Trans Canada Carpool.ca is a company that acts as a networking tool that helps thousands of people in Canada organize ridesharing. Registered members can easily search for, connect and carpool with others in their area. These people cut back on their carbon emissions, and they also cut back on their transportation costs. Parking and Transportation services at Wilfrid Laurier University has partnered with Carpool.ca and paid for a membership which makes it even easier for those commuting to campus. For more information, visit carpool.ca.
Grand River Car Share
Grand River Car Share is a not-for-profit cooperative that provides self-serve access to vehicles for members. All members can easily reserve one of the 15 vehicles online for their desired time, and can pick it up at one of the many locations in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, or Hamilton. This service helps occasional drivers to cut their costs, and is an environmentally efficient transportation alternative. Laurier has partnered with this program by providing and reserving a parking spot on campus for Grand River Car Share vehicles only. This spot is located by alumni field. For more information, visit their website.
Young City Growers
Young City Growers is a grassroots initiative focused on creating urban agriculture opportunities for youth in the Waterloo Region. They provide urban youth with summer employment opportunities and leadership skills. They work to increase participants' knowledge and skills of organics farming, environmental stewardship, local food systems, and entrepreneurial skills in operating a CSA micro-urban farm. YCG focuses on building a community capacity to address local food security and environmental issues, and increasing the availability of culturally relevant locally grown food. For more information about how to get involved or how to purchase garden items, visit the YCG website.†
KW Urban Harvesters
KW Urban Harvesterís initiative is to transform urban green spaces into anything sustainably edible. They seek to educate ourselves and others on how to grow food in urban settings, preserve the harvested vegetables and seeds, and the basics of how to make a potential profit out of urban farming. They practice a sharing backyards/SPIN farming model which means that community members freely lend us their urban space to grow food in return for a small return of the harvest. Laurier provides a spot at St. Michael's. For more information, please visit their website.†
Grand Erie District School Board
The Grand Erie District School Board has recently hired Katie Hashimoto as their Environmental Coordinator. There may be partnership opportunities in the future between the Grand Erie Shore School Board and Laurier Brantford.
Sustainable Brant is a group of residents from Brant County committed to supporting local food & healthy communities, fostering integrated rural/urban planning, protecting prime farmland & preventing urban sprawl. Many members of the Laurier Brantford Community are engaged in Sustainable Brantís activities.