New policy, Policy 53 - Environmental Sustainability

Friday, March 24, 2017

New policy, Policy 53 – Environmental Sustainability

On 23 March 2017, the President approved the new Policy 53 – Environmental Sustainability.

Development of Policy 53 was initiated by the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (PACES), the committee that represents a cross-section of Waterloo stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff and administration, to provide advice to the president on campus sustainability programs and policies.

Policy 53 allows the University of Waterloo to recognize its unique responsibility to develop innovative and realistic solutions to pressing environmental issues.  It establishes priorities for the campus, supports consistency over time and lays a foundation for further actions and strategy.  Through Policy 53, the University commits to creating a campus where environmental sustainability is a core part of its culture.  Through transparent goals, measurable actions, and a collaborative approach, the University demonstrates its commitment to becoming an environmentally sustainable campus as an integral part of becoming one of the top innovation universities in the world.

Consultations were held with various councils and committees throughout Fall 2016 and Winter 2017.

Any questions regarding the new Policy 53 can be addressed to Mat Thijssen, Sustainability Coordinator.

The updated Policy can be found here:

For more information on the Policy Renewal Project, please visit the Policy Post, which can be found on the website of the Secretariat.