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#PowerShiftWR ignites discussion on energy access in Waterloo Region

From April 17 - 23, 2016, Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) partnered with an outstanding group of community partners to host #PowerShiftWR: a weeklong series of events that sparked discussions about the Waterloo Region’s relationship with energy.

Students get green and global during Earth Hour

Sustainable Campus Initiative team

Students at the University of Waterloo realized this on Saturday, March 19 when they gathered inside the V1 Great Hall on campus to participate in the global Earth Hour campaign. Hosted by the Federation of Students’ service, Sustainable Campus Initiative, Earth Hour was held from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. after a variety of eco-friendly workshops.

UWaterloo brings COP21 climate change discussion to our local community

Professor Ian Rowlands talks as part of the COP21 panel

In December of 2015, 12 students, faculty and staff from UWaterloo travelled to Paris, France as delegates to the “COP21” United Nations Climate Summit.  The University of Waterloo had a delegation  of 7 people under its own name, while 5 of our students participated as party delegates in support of the Republic of Kiribati and the Seychelles.

After witnessing the events that culminated in 195 countries coming to an international agreement to act on climate change, the delegates were left with a great desire to advocate for stronger political action and to facilitate positive dialogue about steps we can take in our local communities.

Empowering sustainability leaders of the future

Tania Del Motto, Mat Thijssen, Tova Davison, and Elle Crevits

On Thursday, January 21, 2016, Sustainable Youth Canada (SYC) partnered with the Waterloo Region Environment Network (WREN) to host a one of the largest local sustainability-themed networking events for youth in our community. What can YOUth do? A Conference by Youth for Youth engaged hundreds of university and high school students throughout Waterloo Region who have a passion for environmental issues and creating sustainable change.

Creating a greener future with Waterloo's 2014 Sustainability Report

Two students in front of grey skies

Momentum around sustainability is building.

In 2009, the University of Waterloo committed to taking further action alongside all Ontario universities as part of the Council of Ontario Universities Going Greener pledge. Since then, sustainability efforts have been flourishing on many campuses: new academic programs empower students to tackle pressing challenges, universities embed sustainable practices in their operations, and are increasingly using strategies to engage campus stakeholders. 

Building Our Community with UWaterloo's first ever Community Impact Report

The values of our community and the University are intertwined, and these connections allow our students, faculty and staff to give back in meaningful ways. Whether it is in the form of transformational research leading to the betterment of society or supporting charitable and nonprofit enterprises by volunteering their time and resources, members of the University take pride in helping to build our vibrant community.

Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) helps make positive social change happen

For over 40 years, the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) has not only been representing our students, but engaging them and members of our community in dynamic activities on our campus and throughout the region. Influencing progress by educating and empowering citizens and volunteers, WPIRG helps make positive social change happen.

Celebrate #BikeMonthWR

This past April, University of Waterloo president, Feridun Hamdullahpur, acknowledged the importance of our collective sustainable efforts, ensuring that our university is committed to having a positive impact on the environment. We celebrated our sustainability success and our plans going forward with a brand new #UWEarthWeek campaign, and our environmental activity continues to thrive today.

June is Bike Month in Waterloo Region, and the President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability invites you to dust off your old beater bike, strap on your helmet, and join the University of Waterloo as we champion and promote cycling. There are various bike-themed events happening this month both on campus and in the community, giving UWaterloo members many opportunities to not only cut carbon emissions, but also get free bike tuneups, learn about bike safety, and even win prizes, like a $200 gift certificate for King Street Cycles. No spandex is required!

Waterloo and local community celebrate 20 years of water education

Last week thousands of elementary students from Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, and Cambridge discovered the importance of water in their lives and how their actions impact water sources around them.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival (WWCGF) brought together industry, government, community groups and educators, including the University of Waterloo, for a week of hands-on activities focused on the significance of water conservation, protection, science, and ecology.

Celebrate #UWEarthWeek

The University of Waterloo is committed to having a positive impact on the environment, which is why we’ve launched a brand new #UWEarthWeek campaign to celebrate our sustainability successes and our plans going forward.

UWaterloo has a wide range of sustainability efforts – from LEED certified buildings, recycling initiatives, and alternative transportation programs. Earth Week (April 20-24, 2015) is designed to highlight these achievements, increase awareness of environmental issues, and inspire ongoing sustainable behaviour. 

We invite you to join us at various events this week and help make a difference on our campus and in our community.

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