A more sustainable Waterloo

Feridun with winners.

President Hamdullahpur and Sustainability Coordinator Mat Thijssen present an award for Green Certified Offices.

The Waterloo community celebrated our on campus sustainability successes today at the 2017 Eco-Summit.

It was my pleasure to present Green Office certificates to recognize the outstanding environmental efforts of departments on campus. The Green Office program provides a grassroots-driven opportunity for members of the Waterloo community to be a part of the environmental change they want to see.

The theme for this conference was “Building Foundations” and that is exactly what the University of Waterloo has been doing for years.

Our foundations include the important work of the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability, which was created in 2015. It uses strategic planning, student and employee engagement, and accountability (through annual sustainability reports) to build a greener campus.

In March, we released Policy 53 – Environmental Sustainability. This serves as a foundation directive towards positive action on campus.

As well, the University collaborates with the Federation of Students’ Sustainable Campus Initiative.

This year’s Canada Day celebrations offered a perfect example of our environmental commitment in action, as the Special Event Green Team Ambassadors were on the field encouraging our guests to be green.

Attendees showed their green spirit by bringing refillable water bottles to our free water bar, recycling and composting, and arriving by transit, bicycle, foot or carpool.

Of course Waterloo’s leadership on sustainability has impacts way beyond our campus.

Our School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability is a world leader in working across disciplines for social-ecological sustainability. Its researchers collaborate by working with partners like the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, the Water Institute and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy.

We have research chairs across faculties working on environment, sustainability and clean energy projects.

Waterloo research is building a more sustainable future for everyone.

From the work of these researchers to the green awareness of our Canada Day celebrants to the successes of today’s award winners, the Waterloo community’s sustainability success is a campus-wide effort.

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