Climate Leaders Program

Student meeting

The Climate Leaders Program helps students become leaders in climate action.

The program offers Waterloo students the opportunity to participate in climate leadership training and events, and network with climate researchers and professionals from the Waterloo community and beyond. The program is managed by the Climate Institute and supported by the Student Climate Council.

The Climate Leaders Program objectives include:


Build and support a community of students across campus who are passionate about climate change, where they can learn from each other and share motivation and strength.


Support students in their development of foundational leadership skills needed for climate-related careers by offering a range of uniquely-climate-focused training and workshops.


Create opportunities for students to expand their professional networks through organized and facilitated connections with Climate Institute researchers, partners and collaborators representing diverse backgrounds and sectors.

We invite students to get involved in the Student Climate Leaders Program by subscribing to our mailing list, where you’ll learn about upcoming events, training opportunities and more.

Student Climate Council

The Student Climate Council supports the planning and organization of the Student Climate Leaders Program. The Council is composed of 12 student volunteers, including two students (one undergrad and one grad) from each university faculty.

Members of the Student Climate Council will:

  • Act as student ambassadors of the Climate Institute within their home faculties, promoting the Institute, its programs, and activities among students 
  • Provide input on the Institute’s programs, activities and strategic planning. 
  • Advise on the direction and activities of the Institute’s student climate leadership program 
  • Provide support for the coordination and management of the Climate Institute’s student engagement activities on campus 

Students must apply for these one-year volunteer positions and will join the council from September to August. Members of the Student Climate Council will gain organizational and leadership skills and knowledge while empowering like-minded student leaders across campus. 

Please review the Terms of Reference to learn more about the council and the roles and expectations of the council members.

Applications for the 2023-2024 term are still open for undergraduate applicants from the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health.