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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!


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  1. Oct. 27, 2022Waterloo ranks fourth in Canada on the inaugural QS Sustainability ranking
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    This story was originally published on Waterloo News on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.


    The University of Waterloo ranks fourth in Canada and 42nd globally on the QS World University Ranking: Sustainability.

  2. Sep. 16, 2022Sustainability Action Fund open for Fall 2022 applications
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    The Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) supports projects and initiatives that improve sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Project funds are distributed based on a call for applications, with successful applications determined by the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (PACES).

  3. July 29, 2022Information Systems & Technology (IST) is Sustainability Certified!
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  1. Nov. 24, 2022Evergreen Goods
    Sustainability Stories Evergreen Goods

  2. Oct. 27, 2022Sustainability Education Summit
    Sustainability Literacy Team

    Introduce yourselves, how your group formed and who is part of the core team? 

    The Sustainability Literacy Initiative (SLI) team is composed of three core members, Emma Kirke, Ceileigh McAllister, and Grace Cullinane.

  3. Oct. 21, 2022Composting on Campus with UWCC
    Sustainability Stories UW Campus Compost

    Tell us about yourself  

    University of Waterloo Campus Compost is a club that operates under the WUSA Sustainability Project. Our team is student-run and is comprised of a smaller executive team supported by a larger volunteer group!

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Bethany Poltl

Communications and Outreach Assistant