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Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability

Welcome to the Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS)!

We are an interdisciplinary and community-engaged research centre striving to be a catalyst and nexus for the transition toward strong cultures of sustainability. We understand Cultures of Sustainability, “as characterized by shared values, symbols, rituals and practices grounded in sustainability principles leading to individual and societal choices that promote environmental protection, social justice and wellbeing, and a supportive economy” (see Dreyer, Riemer, Spadafore, et al., 2021). A culture of sustainability may exist within an organization, a building with multiple organizations or a community.

We are using a systems-approach to work alongside equity-seeking groups, environmental non-governmental organizations, local governments, industry partners and other community stakeholders to co-produce innovative, multidisciplinary, and action-oriented research that contributes to evidence-based climate action and pathways to sustainability that are equitable and accessible.

We have active research programs related to cultures of sustainability and wellbeing within green buildings (e.g. evolv1 Canada’s first commercial net-positive energy multi-tenant office building) closing the equity-deficit within municipal climate action as well as other projects initiated and led by our members, fellows, and students. VERiS is also home of the Flourishing Enterprise Institute, a vibrant global network of nodes undertaking applied research, developing innovation practices, and mobilizing knowledge to enable leaders to realize Flourishing Enterprises worldwide.

Contact Us:

T: 519.884.0710 x2982
Office Location: Evolv1 Building 420 Wes Graham Way Suite #102 Waterloo, ON N2L 0J6

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We are currently working remotely.

“…The work done in this project not only supports our efforts to help individual organizations reduce their impact on the environment, it has brought a fuller understanding to the community climate action work, including integration of the human element of climate change, and the braiding in of justice and equity into our carbon reduction planning.”

Tova Davidson | Executive Director Sustainable Waterloo Region
VERiS Community Fellow and VERiS Board Member.