Affiliates, centres and groups

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Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada

The SDSN Canada hub is housed at SEED. The University of Waterloo uses its position as home to Canada’s largest Faculty of Environment to share knowledge, activate research and help solve the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. SDSN Canada is part of a global SDSN movement to build a network of universities, colleges, research centers, and knowledge institutions to promote practical solutions for sustainable development.

Water Institute

Water Institute

Programs and faculty within SEED participate in the Water Institute’s Collaborative Water Program housed at the University of Waterloo, which is the most interdisciplinary water graduate program in Canada.

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Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre)

SEED hosts the Intact Centre is an applied research centre with a national focus within the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. The Intact Centre works with homeowners, communities, governments and businesses to identify, and reduce, the impacts of extreme weather and climate change.

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Waterloo Climate Institute

SEED faculty are members of the Waterloo Climate Institute, working to facilitate interdisciplinary research and provide relevant scientific information that empowers business, government and civil society to prepare and respond effectively to weather events and climate change.

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Impact Alliance

Impact Alliance aims to build on a strong passion on campus for taking action to create sustainable development solutions and plans to work with faculties across campus toward effective sustainable development planning, enhanced collaboration, and sharing of resources.

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Partners for Action (P4A)

SEED plays a management role in P4A, with the central goal of advancing flood resiliency in Canada in face of a changing climate and extreme weather.

Youth & Innovation Project

Youth & Innovation Project

SEED Professor, Dr. Amelia Clarke and Ilona Dougherty, co-created the Youth & Innovation Project. The Youth & Innovation Project works to ensure young people, 15 to 25 years old, are meaningfully engaged in finding and implementing solutions to social, environmental and economic problems, and are valued for the contributions they make.

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Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)

WISE conducts original research and develops innovative solutions and policies to help transform the energy system for long-term sustainability. SEED is a member of the WISE's Board of Management.

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Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI)

SEED faculty are members of WICI, which is a research hub that promotes the rigorous transdisciplinary study of innovation within — and the resilient and beneficial transformation of — the complex adaptive systems essential to human well-being.

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Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR)

WISIR is committed to generating trans- and inter-disciplinary knowledge about social innovations and the social innovation process (the dynamics of learning, adaptation and resilience).

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Waterloo Industrial Ecology Group (WIEG)

The Waterloo Industrial Ecology Group (WIEG) includes 4 professors and over 30 research students. WIEG supports collaborative research and teaching that confronts the challenges of sustainable development in the systems of production and consumption that power the 21st century economy. Focus areas include food and agriculture, e-waste and food waste, electric vehicles, minerals and metals.