Region looks to become green-tech hub with evolvGREEN

In and of itself, the evolv1 office building is an impressive feat of engineering. Aptly situated in the “Idea Quarter” of the City of Waterloo, the evolv1 became Canada’s first project to receive a carbon-zero building certificate. So what better place to grow and develop the region’s burgeoning green industry?

That’s the intent with the official launch this week of evolvGREEN. A collaborative project to put the Region of Waterloo at the forefront of sustainable business and technology, evolvGREEN will operate from the green open office spaces of the evolv1 building, sending an important message in the process.

“To me it’s very simple,” said Paul Parker, associate dean in the University of Waterloo School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, of the location. “It’s to demonstrate we can have the future today. So how do we grow the green economy, a low-carbon future? We start by saying we don’t need fossil fuels in our buildings. So that’s the message of evolv1 being zero carbon building.”

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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