In honour of the University’s 60th anniversary, the President’s Community Impact Awards were established to recognize those who embody the University’s spirit of innovation and contribute to making Waterloo Region strong and prosperous.
At the President’s 60th Gala on Saturday December 2, four recipients were recognized for community excellence including Mary Jane Patterson (MES ’01).
Patterson is a longstanding champion of the University of Waterloo, in her role as the Executive Director of the Residential Energy Efficiency Project (REEP), and beyond. She is passionate about supporting Waterloo students who are following in her footsteps as environmental stewards and advocates.
Patterson is an alumna of the University, having earned a Masters in Environmental Studies (2001).
To date, Patterson has provided mentorship and employment opportunities to over 125 University of Waterloo students, through paid internships, volunteer placements, and experiential learning opportunities. In fact, each year up to 20 students are involved with the organization.
A partner with the Faculty of Environment, Patterson is a frequent guest lecturer at the University; she has served as a judge for final projects in SEED, worked with geography students showcasing the REEP House, and critiqued policy briefs prepared by Environment and Resource Studies students. By ensuring access to REEP data for our students, Patterson has facilitated energy conservation research by supporting numerous honours, masters and PhD theses.