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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. 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!

  2. Mar. 29, 2017University of Waterloo Releases Environmental Sustainability Policy

    On March 23, 2017 President Feridun Hamdullahpur approved Policy 53 - Environmental Sustainability, creating the University of Waterloo's first sustainability policy.

  3. Mar. 3, 2017Waste changes are coming to Waterloo RegionWaste change graphics

    Starting March 6th, the Region of Waterloo is changing the way that waste is collected. To ensure your garbage is collected properly and to keep our community and neighbourhoods clean, please review the following information.

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  1. Apr. 27, 20178th Annual Evening of Recognition Logo for Sustainable Waterloo Region Event called an Evening of Recognition

    Come and join Sustainable Waterloo Region and other local organizations to celebrate this year's achievements in sustainability across the Region!

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  1. 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?

  2. Mar. 15, 2017Guest blog: Take climate action now!Group brainstorming session

    Climate Action may be lucky number 13 in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), but there are zero paths to meeting the other goals without addressing it. Climate change affects each aspect of sustainable development, from inequality, to economic growth, built and natural environments, and, critically, your health.

    The University of Waterloo is supporting research and education to elucidate these links to help achieve SDG #13. However, more work is urgently needed to understand how climate change and climate action affects our health, our economy, and our equality.

  3. Feb. 27, 20175 simple things you can do to make the University of Waterloo a more sustainable campus!Aerial view of campus

    You've probably heard that the University of Waterloo has released sustainability reports in the past, and that there is progress being made on many aspects of sustainability. But how can students, staff and faculty make a meaningful and long-lasting impact on-campus?

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