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April 28, 2016

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Wilfrid Laurier University’s Sustainability Office received the Environmental Awareness Award and TravelWise Leadership & Innovation Award at the seventh annual Evening of Recognition hosted by Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR).

The Environmental Awareness Award is given to an organization that promotes awareness of sustainability and action in the community. Laurier is the first to receive this award.

“Being recognized for the Environmental Awareness Award is particularly special because Laurier was selected by votes and the first to receive the honour,” said Claire Bennett, manager of Laurier’s Sustainability Office. “Our region boasts a passionate movement of stellar community-builders and we are very proud to be recognized among this group.”

The TravelWise Leadership & Innovation Award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated a strong commitment and creative solutions to encourage alternative transportation to employees.

Some of Laurier’s transportation initiatives include:

  • Campus infrastructure such as a bike-share, secured bike parking, raised crosswalks, shared bike-lanes and community car-share parking.
  • Events such as the staff and student bike lunch rides during Bike Month in June.
  • Membership to TravelWise for discounts transit passes and emergency ride services.

“Having such a large number of employees and students at Laurier means any small shift towards more sustainable transportation habits can have a large impact,” said Tyler Plante, coordinator, outreach and programs in Laurier’s Sustainability Office. “As more and more people use alternative transportation programs, we’ll begin to change the overall culture at Laurier and how we view mobility and accessibility. This award certainly wouldn’t be possible without the action we see from the people in the Laurier community.”

Laurier has also exceeded its five-year greenhouse gas reduction target of 15 per cent, achieving a 17.8 per cent reduction since 2009.

Sustainable Waterloo Region advances the environmental sustainability of organizations across Waterloo Region through collaboration. They are a dedicated, results oriented team focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the Regional Carbon Initiative. SWR was founded by Laurier alumni Mike Morrice (BBA/BSc ‘08) and Chris DePaul (BBA/BSc ‘08) in 2008.


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