Sustainability home

Welcome to Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, the central hub for sustainability information, resources, and services around campus. Sustainable development is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. From climate change to garbage dumps, from deforestation to water contamination, from urban sprawl to resource depletion, the environment faces a long list of problems.

The University of Waterloo is committed to leaving a positive impact on the environment. As one of the largest institutions in Waterloo Region, the University's actions matter locally and globally. Through environmental education, innovative research, community engagement, and operational sustainability, Waterloo is making a difference. We invite you to join us.

  1. June 18, 2020Waterloo signs Responsible Investment Charter for Canadian Universities

    This message was originally circulated to University employees and students and was posted to the Daily Bulletin.

    A message from Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor.

  2. May 5, 2020Waterloo ranks 16th globally, 2nd in Canada on THE University Impact Ranking
    THE University Impact Ranking Banner - UW ranked 16th

    Waterloo is proud to be ranked among the top post-secondary institutions in the world for its efforts to build a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future.

  3. Feb. 28, 2020Campus Housing initiative diverts more than 1900 lbs of waste after residence move-out
    Residence move out volunteer sorting team

    This article originally appeared in Waterloo's Daily BulletinA message from Campus Housing:

    What happens with the leftover belongings that students leave in residence after they move out?

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  1. Sep. 14 to Dec. 6, 2020Fall 2020 Challenge: Show Us Your Sustainability
    Person taking photo of plants on table with text Show Us Your Sustainability

    Show Us Your Sustainability

    While we can't see you in person this fall, we want to stay connected!

  2. Oct. 19 to 23, 2020Zero Waste Week 2020: Home Edition
    mason jar for zero waste week

  3. Nov. 10, 2020Shift: Neutral Town Hall
    Aerial view of campus with Shift: Neutral text

    Waterloo is excited to formally launch Shift:Neutral, a roadmap for the campus to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

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  1. Apr. 22, 2019The history of Earth Day

    Earth Day is April 22nd and is just around the corner! It’s a day full of education, empowerment, and conservation. Communities around the world take part in sustainability initiatives such as tree planting, yard clean-ups, or rallies, and many extend these activities for the entire month of April, globally known as Earth Month. There’s no better month to celebrate life on Earth than in April, when the planet is reawakening after a long, dreary winter. So how did it all begin?

  2. Nov. 16, 201830 Day Zero Waste Challenge Reflections
    Beth and Andrea's mason jars after the 30 day challenge

    Beth's reflections

    This has been my first time doing the challenge and it has been a really eye-opening experience, I am so glad I did it!

  3. Oct. 24, 2018How PolyGone Technologies is tackling microplastics
    PolyGone technologies logo

    Where it started

    Lauren and Nicole are PhD candidates studying Social and Ecological Sustainability and Geography and Environmental Management, respectively, at the University of Waterloo.

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Sustainability on Campus Map

Looking for the closest green space, water refill station, e-waste drop off, or sustainable food option? Check out the Sustainability Layer on the Campus Map under Points of Interest!

University of Waterloo campus map

2019 Report

Learn about our actions and progress in our 2019 Environmental Sustainability Report. Please read and share! 

Front page of 2019 Sustainability Report

Sustainability Guide 

The Sustainability Guide provides easy tips and resources to live, work, and study more sustainably at Waterloo and beyond. 

Sustainability Guide front page

Sustainability Strategy

Read our Environmental Sustainability Strategy to learn more about Waterloo's commitment to become a leader in sustainability education and research, operate the campus sustainably, and embed sustainability into campus culture.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy cover