Climate change at Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is at the forefront of innovation and is home to transformational research and inspired learning.

IC3 icon logoThe Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) is the focal point for climate change research, training and knowledge mobilization at Waterloo.

IC3 is an interdisciplinary hub with 100+ Waterloo faculty researchers, students, and scientists from partner institutions and government agencies. The centre is also home to several research sub-centres, including: Polar Data Catalogue, Canadian Cryoshperic Information Network, and Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.

IC3 supports climate change research and innovation in three critical areas:

  1. June 5, 2021New study reveals that nature can deliver immediate impact in Canada’s fight to tackle the climate crisis
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    Waterloo researchers contribute to new science led by Nature United

    By protecting, better managing, and restoring nature, Canada can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, concludes Nature United’s ground-breaking Natural Climate Solutions for Canada. The new study published in Science Advances shows that Natural Climate Solutions can help Canada mitigate up to 78 Mt CO2e annually in 2030—an amount equal to the current greenhouse gas emissions from powering every single home in Canada for about three years.

  2. June 2, 2021University of Waterloo commits to reduce carbon footprint of its pension and endowment investments 50 per cent by 2030, achieve net-neutral by 2040
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    This article was originally published by Media Relations.

    Board and administration endorse recommendations from Responsible Investing Advisory Group 

    The University of Waterloo has committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its pension and endowment investment portfolios by 50 per cent by the year 2030 and is committing to achieving full carbon neutrality by 2040.

  3. May 20, 2021University of Waterloo declares a climate emergency
    Aerial view of UWaterloo campus
    This message was originally circulated by President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

    Today the University of Waterloo declared a climate emergency. In doing so we are joining communities, governments and other post-secondary institutions around the world.

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