Sustainability: Community partnerships

A commitment to sustainability efforts requires strong regional, national and global partnerships.  The University of Waterloo is well positioned to lead the way and is affecting change through our research and connections with a number of partners.  

Sustainable Waterloo Region

Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) is an important partner to the University of Waterloo, with many of our faculty and students embedded in the organization as volunteers and in experiential learning roles. 

As part of our partnership with SWR, Waterloo is an observing member of the Regional Carbon Initiative, working to reduce our university’s carbon footprint.

Climate Action Plan

Waterloo faculty actively contributed to the creation of Waterloo Region’s Climate Action Plan, contributing expertise related to residential energy, transportation, and agriculture and food. The plan was approved by Regional Council in December 2013.

When implemented, the Climate Action Plan will leverage Waterloo Region’s collective efforts towards achieving a community-scale GHG reduction target that leads to higher quality of life throughout the region.

REEP Green Solutions

REEP Green Solutions is an environmental, non-profit organization empowering our community towards healthier homes and sustainable living. REEP provides the services, tools and programs people need to use energy and water wisely.

The Faculty of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo was one of the original founders of REEP in 1999; today, the University continues to provide in-kind support and resources for REEP, as well guidance and advice through representation on its Board of Directors.

Sustainable Campus Initiative

Our University’s Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI), led by Waterloo’s Federation of Students, uses education and advocacy that help bring about positive behavioural and social changes in the community.

Sustainable Campus Initiative provides volunteer opportunities to over 200 students every term with projects such as workshops, rallies, social events, performances, fundraisers, and infrastructure and operational improvements. It also provides environmental consulting services to students and various organizations at the University of Waterloo and in Waterloo Region.