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Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability

The Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS) was founded in 2018 as a successor of the Viessmann European Research Centre. VERiS is a research centre for community engagement and sustainability research designed to accelerate the transition toward a culture of sustainability across multiple spheres of society.

With a strong emphasis on applied research and collaboration, the centre is ideally located in the evolvGREEN innovation hub, Waterloo Region’s foremost collaborative workspace. The evolvGREEEN innovation hub is part of Canada’s first net-positive, multi-tenant office building, evolv1, developed and owned by the Cora Group. The evolv1 facility serves as a living lab for VERiS.

VERiS brings together university- and practice-based experts from a variety of disciplines and sectors as active and affiliated members of the centre. With the intention of affecting regional, provincial, federal and international policies, and community-based change, our research bridges the rigour of science-based evidence with the utility of applied knowledge.

History

Since its inception in 2000, the Viessmann European Research Centre has devoted itself to fostering and disseminating important research about Europe. However, with a decline in Laurier faculty focused on European research and the arrival of new faculty with new research areas, the centre has experienced an important transition. The centre shifted its orientation toward research and knowledge related to environmental sustainability and community resilience.

In 2018, this transition moved into its next phase with a new director, board, name, brand and home to complement the centres new focus. The newly named Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS) will maintain its connection to Europe and through our international networks, aim to build upon ground-breaking examples of sustainability in Germany and other European countries.

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