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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. Dec. 13, 2018University of Waterloo Earns STARS Silver RatingSTARS Silver Logo

    Waterloo is excited to announce that it has earned a Silver rating on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), a comprehensive reporting framework for post-secondary institutions. The rating recognizes Waterloo’s progress and actions across academics, campus operations, community engagement, and campus planning and governance.

  2. Oct. 30, 2018Reflecting on Zero Waste Week 2018Beth Eden and Andrea Bale with their mason jars for the zero waste challenge

    During the week of October 15-19, the University of Waterloo celebrated Zero Waste Week, with support from the Sustainability Office and Plant Operations to bring challenges and activities to employees and students across campus. 

  3. Sep. 6, 2018Waterloo launches fully vegan/vegetarian food outletVegetarian salad bowl at FRSH

    The University of Waterloo's Food Services team is excited to launch the campus' first restaurant dedicated solely to vegan and vegetarian food choices.

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  1. Nov. 16, 201830 Day Zero Waste Challenge ReflectionsBeth 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!

  2. Oct. 24, 2018How PolyGone Technologies is tackling microplasticsPolyGone 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.

  3. Oct. 4, 2018Student led 'Global Warning' campaign beating plastic pollutionGlobal Warning Logo

    Where it all started

    Jeffery Jiang just finished his 2B term studying Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment and is currently on co-op in Toronto.

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