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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. July 14, 2017Bike Month 2017 at UWaterlooBikes lined up at the bike racks in front of Dana Porter

    June was Bike Month across Waterloo Region! In partnership with TravelWise, the Sustainability Office challenged cyclists to different activities and tasks throughout the month to promote the use of active transportation to campus and celebrate those who have committed to cycling.

  2. July 12, 2017Building foundations at Eco-Summit 2017 by celebration and collaborationFrances Edmonds, Head of Sustainability at HP Canada, speaking to the audience at Eco-Summit 2017

    The fourth annual Eco-Summit took place on Wednesday, July 12th at St. Paul's Alumni Hall to celebrate progress, create ideas, and build relationships with campus sustainability champions and community members.

  3. June 22, 2017Celebrating Cycling at Bike Day Sustainability Office volunteers posing with a polaroid frame with hashtag Bike WR and UWaterloo

    On Wednesday, June 21st the Sustainability Office hosted Bike Day in the Arts Quad to celebrate those who cycle to campus and promote sustainable transportation modes.

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  1. Oct. 26, 2017SCI Talks: Working with Purpose - Embedding SustainabilityWords,

    Meet Simone. Simone helps make food sustainable at Provision Coalition by coordinating strategic planning sessions that help food and beverage manufacturing companies embed sustainability into their strategic plans.

  2. Nov. 2, 2017SCI Talks: Building Sustainability at WaterlooWords,

    What is Waterloo doing to improve sustainability on campus? What role can students and employees play? Join Mat Thijssen and Sustainable Campus Initiative for a discussion about Waterloo’s 2016 annual Sustainability Report and the directions of Waterloo’s first-ever Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

  3. Nov. 9, 2017SCI Talks: Transformative Conversations on ClimateWords,

    Climate change is the pre-eminent global issue of our time, yet many of us still struggle to find the right language, time and place to talk about it. Beyond Crisis is a 1-hour film that models a constructive dialogue on climate change, with over 50 diverse voices spread over 5 chapters.

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  1. June 12, 20174 Resources to Promote Cycling to Campus Bike racks in front of Quantum Nano Centre

    With warmer weather here for the rest of the summer, many are starting to tune-up their bikes and hit the road to get to school or work! It’s no surprise that people opt for biking to school or work as it can be more cost-effective, healthy, and environmentally-friendly.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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