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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.

  1. Apr. 24, 2017Increasing Energy Literacy with the Green Office Energy Challenge Meeting with Green Office Ambassadors

    From March 30th until April 21st, the Office of Sustainability hosted the Green Office Energy Challenge for all green offices across campus to participate.

  2. Apr. 20, 2017Engaging youth at the Energize: Sustainable City ChallengeStudents working on energy mix board game

    On Thursday, April 20th, the Sustainability Office and Climate Action Waterloo Region hosted two high school groups – Resurrection and St. David’s - from the WCDSB for the Energize: Sustainable City Challenge. The day was filled with discussion, idea-generation, and problem-solving to showcase the students’ vision for a sustainable Waterloo Region!

  3. Apr. 18, 2017Facilitating conversation around Waterloo Region's energy futureAudience listening to speakers at the Public Lecture

    On April 18th, the University of Waterloo and the Kitchener Public Library, in association with Power Shift Waterloo Region, hosted its Public Lecture: Transforming Energy in Waterloo Region. There were over 140 people who filled up the auditorium to hear what the future holds for sustainability and energy in the Region.

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  1. June 1 to 30, 2017Bike Challenge 2017Bike racks and header image with Bike Month 2017 from June 1 to June 30

    It's back! June is Bike Month and with the warm weather finally here to stay for the summer, why not hop on your bike and participate in the Bike Challenge happening throughout the month of June!

  2. June 13, 2017Group Bike Ride & Picnic in the ParkBike racks that shows June 13 Group Bike Ride and Picnic in the Park

    Looking for an outdoor break at lunch time? Then why not join the UWaterloo and Wilfrid Laurier's Sustainability offices for a group bike ride and a picnic in the park!

  3. June 21, 2017Bike Day Bike Day 2016 in front of Dana Porter that shows Bike Day June 21 8AM-3PM

    Join the Sustainability Office and other local organizations for Bike Day on June 21st from 8AM to 3PM. Bike Day is a campus-wide event to provide employees and students with the tools, resources, and encouragement necessary to bike to school or work.

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  1. May 23, 2017The Story of UWaterloo's Student Sustainability Leaders NetworkStudent Sustainability Leaders Banner

    As concerns around climate change and sustainability are becoming more predominant, it has prompted more student interest in getting involved with building a culture around sustainability on campus. With such a diverse, unique, and dynamic campus, we’re faced with many challenges, but also with many opportunities to engage the student population on campus.

  2. May 3, 2017Guest blog: Sustainability and Resilience as MetaphorsProfessor McMurry reading a book in the water

    A few years ago I discovered that I am a member of a group of scholars and teachers known as environmental humanists: these are academics in a variety of departments--philosophy, languages, the various arts--who connect their disciplinary research with environmental issues.

  3. Apr. 7, 2017Sustainability Story: St Jerome's Commitment to Food Sustainability The St. Jerome's Food Services Team

    What does local even mean?

    Local. Organic. Sustainable. Fair trade. Vegan. Genetically-modified. Free-range. MSC-certified. And the list goes on! As soon as we walk into the grocery store, we are hit with a plethora of food labels claiming to be good for you, but what dictates your decision when buying these items?

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