A New Standard For Sustainability
The David Johnston Research + Technology Park is committed to being a leader for a sustainable future, maintained through ground-breaking initiatives and world-class facilities.
Focused on a Sustainable Future
Sustainability is a core pillar in the growth of R+T Park. In 2014, R+T Park joined the Waterloo Regional Sustainability Initiative, committing to 40% reduction in our Green House Gas by 2024. We achieved that in 2020. Alongside the University of Waterloo, R+T Park is focused on achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, with emphasis on energy, transportation, water and waste.
The R+T Park Green Team, a tenant group focused on sustainability, has won several awards from Sustainable Waterloo Region including Rookie of the Year (2015) and Partner of the Year (2018).
Innovating in Sustainability
Green innovation thrives in R+T Park! Home to evolv1, Canada’s first certified zero-carbon office building, the Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS), The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3), Sustainable Waterloo Region, and many others, the R+T Park community is leading the way in research and innovation in the Green Economy.
R+T Park is also home to the TD Sustainable Future Lab, a specialized CleanTech incubator powered by the Accelerator Centre.
CANADA’S GREENEST BUILDING
With over 4500 solar panels, a state–of–the–art geothermal system, a solar wall, 28 EV charging stations, and a 3-story living wall, evolv1 is a landmark achievement in sustainable design.
Built by the Cora Group and home to EY, Textnow, Borealis AI, Sustainable Waterloo Region, the VERiS Institute, WISE, IC3, and the TD Sustainable Future lab, evolv1 is the embodiment of sustainability, and a sign that we’re just getting started in R+T Park.
The Environmental Reserve
A paradise in the city, the University of Waterloo Environmental Reserve is 109 hectares of untouched, natural space along the Laurel Creek Corridor.
Laurel Creek is a perennial stream that flows through the center of the Environmental Reserve, in a southerly direction before discharging into Columbia Lake. Natural vegetation, including small wetland areas, occurs in the riparian areas adjacent to Laurel Creek. A mixed swamp forest occurs within the environmental reserve lands to the northwest within the floodplain of Laurel Creek.