Student life in the Faculty of Environment

Faculty of Environment students walking through the rock garden on the Waterloo campus

More than just a set of connections, the Environment student body is a community made up of storytellers, activists, experts in the making, leaders who inspire us to think beyond today, and, above all else, lifelong friends. 

Hear from Faculty of Environment students


Image of Michelle who is an Environment and Business student and Environment ambassador.

"Outside of class, I make it a priority to get involved with the community, both on and off campus. In my first year, I was involved with several student groups: my program society (Waterloo Environment and Business Society, WEBS), UW RAISE, Sustainable Campus Initiative, and the UW Radicle (the Faculty's student-run publication)."

Michelle, Environment and Business student

Image of Martin who is a Geomatics student and Environment ambassador.

"I really love how Environment students are always looking for ways to change the way we interact with the environment; whether its through sustainability, or through technology. I find that this drive really does motivate and create a unique academic environment unmatched at any university across Canada."

Martin, Geomatics student

Image of Sophia who is an Environment ambassador and Knowledge Integration student.

"Knowledge Integration gives me all the flexibility I could ever want in a degree, allowing me to continue studying design while also letting me pursue the sciences. It's also a tight program that inevitably fosters a great community both in and out of the classroom."

Sophia, Knowledge Integration student


Explore a day in the life in Environment

Hang out with Hayley, an Environment, Resources and Sustainability student, as she talks us through a typical day in her life. Hot tip: it's all about making time for the great outdoors and colour coordinating your calendar!

Discover what first year is like in Environment

Wondering what first year is really like? Environment and Business student, Michelle, shares some of her favourite moments from her first year, including awesome professors, fun events, and the opportunities that come from walking around Ring Road. 


Current Environment student working on their laptop in the Environment 3 building.

Contact a current student

Get the 411 on all things Environment by reaching out to one of our student ambassadors today.


Clubs and societies in the Faculty of Environment

  • Get involved in one of our many sustainability focused campus clubs:
    • Hydroponics Club
    • Impact Alliance
    • University of Waterloo Environmental Assessment Review Society
    • University of Waterloo Students For Canada: Responsible Resource Development Chapter

    • UW Parks Canada Club


Other ways of getting involved

  • Volunteer or hang out at the student-run coffee shop, serving Rainforest Alliance-certified, locally roasted fair trade coffee.
  • Gain valuable leadership experience while helping new students become familiar with the University of Waterloo by becoming an orientation leader.
  • Join the WUSA Sustainability Project which provides many environmental services to the Waterloo campus and its surrounding community.
  • Sit on the Waterloo Environment Students Endowment Fund board.
  • Share your passion for the Faculty of Environment by becoming an Environment Ambassador
  • Join ENV Connect, the Faculty’s online mentorship and networking platform to meet hundreds of Environment alumni; ask questions, get advice and grow your professional network.

Group of Environment students studying in the Environment 1 Courtyard - a popular study spot on campus.

Learn more about the Faculty of Environment

From programs to co-op to admission requirements, we have all your questions covered. 

Two Environment students are taking a photo of a tree using their smartphones.

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