Posts for the Topic Environment

From 2013-2018, the UWaterloo Life Blog revealed many highlights of the University of Waterloo student experience. What started as one story all the way back in 2013, snowballed into over 300 unique tales of adventure and perseverance, a little failure, and a lot of success. If you liked the blog, you’ll love our Instagram! Follow @UWaterloolife to discover new stories of student success and follow along with student takeovers.

Student researchers tell their stories

Noori Khan and Emma Vossen

Creating change with a paddle

Madeline paddle boarding

For Madeline Leblanc, advancing brain cancer research and preserving the memory of her friends are both done through the dip of paddle.

Six students tackle climate change with the UN in Paris

Group picture of delegates at COP21

Were you following the landmark UN Climate Change Conference in Paris last month? Six of our Environment students were there, representing UWaterloo and doing their part to create a better world for future generations.

Master's student Allison Turner receives prestigious Fulbright Award

Allison Turner has been awarded the Fulbright Canada student grant, which will allow her to pursue a Master's degree in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo over the next two years.

Not your average TA job

Roshan, a third-year Environment and Business student is working as a teaching assistant at the Esperanza Project for his spring co-op term. The title is a little lacking, however, because Roshan is doing much more than just teaching.

The Esperanza Project is a non-profit, volunteer organization based out of the small town of Cabrera, Dominican Republic. They provide supplementary education and extra-curricular programming that encourages growth, both academically and socially.

A sustainable leader

At age 26, Jillian Rodak has already made her mark in the sustainability world. So much so that Corporate Knights magazine has named Jillian one of this year’s Canadian top 30 young professionals under 30.

Corporate Knights magazine, through a panel of judges, recognizes 30 young entrepreneurs and activists under the age of 30 that they foresee being the leaders of sustainable development.

Jillian, a Masters of Environment and Business (MEB) student, is more than deserving of this achievement. She has helped top brands use technology to improve their corporate social responsibility programs.

Leaping forward in three minutes

Julie DeWolf is all about taking big steps.

The graduate student completed law school at the University of Victoria in 2013, while maintaining a long distance relationship with her partner, Travis, who was studying at UWaterloo.

After spending three years in different parts of the country, Julie decided she wanted to be closer to Travis. She took the plunge to move from British Columbia to Ontario to pursue her Master of Environmental Studies. Talk about a big step!

Changing our ecosystem from the ground up

How much do you really know about the creepy crawlers in your backyard? Yes, we are talking about earthworms. PhD student Michael McTavish is somewhat of an expert on this subject. In fact, he is conducting research to understand the impact that exotic earthworms have on our ecosystem.

Paddling towards a cure

After losing two close friends to brain cancer, an Environment and Resource Studies student has started an annual grassroots fundraiser to build awareness for brain cancer research.

United Nations accepts student's $1 million proposal

A fourth-year Environment student’s project proposal to the United Nations requesting $1 million to address environmental and developmental issues in a Botswana community received the green light this month.

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