The University of Waterloo leads a wide range of sustainability efforts – from LEED certified buildings, recycling initiatives, and alternative transportation programs, to launching an Earth Week campaign in 2015. We regularly partner with local organizations to help our community learn about how they can contribute to a sustainable society:
Earth Week celebrates our natural environment, increase awareness on environmental issues, and inspire sustainable behaviour. Throughout the week, the University of Waterloo offers several events both on campus and in the community, including a volunteer-driven cleanup, a public lecture, an environmentally themed movie marathon, and more. The 2015 focus was on climate change.
Bike Month - runs throughout the month of June in Waterloo Region, offering a range of activities and events like the Bike Challenge, which encourages students, staff, and faculty to log their bike trips for a chance to win prizes. This year’s campaign also included a free community breakfast on our campus for local bikers, featuring free tuneups and bike safety training sessions.
Sustainability Leadership at UWaterloo - In 2015, UWaterloo struck its first ever President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. This committee represents a cross-section of UWaterloo stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, as well as administration, to provide advice to the president on campus sustainability programs and policies.