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Disrupt and evolv: researcher explores the psychology of sustainability in evolv1

A new report by VERiS researcher Manuel Riemer tells the story of how evolv1 came to be, and how psychology, as much as technology, is determining the path forward towards a more sustainable future.

By: Alex Kinsella Published: Oct 23, 2021 Categorized as: R+T Park Stories, Tenant Stories

What comes to mind when you think of the spaces you’ve worked in? It could be the layout of workstations, the placement of printers, or a cozy kitchenette that always worked better as a meeting room than most of the actual meeting rooms.

While good intentions go into how buildings are designed, there’s one variable that always throws a few wrenches into how a building will perform over the long run — human beings.

Understanding how people interact with buildings is part of the research of Manuel Riemer, Ph.D., a professor of Community Psychology and Sustainability Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Director of The Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability.

The centre focuses on the intersection of psychology and sustainability and has a unique location for this research inside the evolv1 building here in the David Johnston Research + Technology Park.

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