Sustainability home

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. June 18, 2020Waterloo signs Responsible Investment Charter for Canadian Universities

    This message was originally circulated to University employees and students and was posted to the Daily Bulletin.


    A message from Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor.

  2. May 5, 2020Waterloo ranks 16th globally, 2nd in Canada on THE University Impact Ranking
    THE University Impact Ranking Banner - UW ranked 16th

    Waterloo is proud to be ranked among the top post-secondary institutions in the world for its efforts to build a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future.

  3. Feb. 28, 2020Campus Housing initiative diverts more than 1900 lbs of waste after residence move-out
    Residence move out volunteer sorting team

    This article originally appeared in Waterloo's Daily BulletinA message from Campus Housing:

    What happens with the leftover belongings that students leave in residence after they move out?

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  1. Sep. 14 to Dec. 6, 2020Fall 2020 Challenge: Show Us Your Sustainability
    Person taking photo of plants on table with text Show Us Your Sustainability

    Show Us Your Sustainability

    While we can't see you in person this fall, we want to stay connected!

  2. Dec. 3, 2020In Your Palm: Screening & Discussion
    In Your Palm film poster; man with white face mask in front of hazy field

    Join us for an exclusive screening and feedback session of In Your Palm with alumnus and Director, Carter Kirilenko. 

  3. Dec. 9, 2020Leveraging the Okanagan Charter to Bounce Forward From the Three Major Crises of our Time: COVID-19 Pandemic, Systemic Racism, and the Climate Emergency
    Three people walking along path on campus; trees in the background

    Post-secondary institutions face complex issues around health and wellbeing, including the implications surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, and the renewed urgency to address systemic racism for historically racialized communities.

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  1. Nov. 13, 2020Plant Based Cooking: Veggie Taco Bowl Recipe
    Photo of veggie taco bowl with text

    Interested in plant-based cooking but cannot think of any recipes? Want to enjoy traditional meat dishes but concerned about the environmental impacts? In need of some healthy, tasty, comfort food?

    Look no further! This Veggie Taco Bowl recipe is the answer to all your questions!

  2. Oct. 30, 2020Guest Blog: Exploring Fast Fashion
    Piles of clothes at warehouse

    What is fast fashion?

    Fast fashion is when companies rapidly market and sell trendy and cheaply manufactured clothing. Clothing companies are able to do this by utilizing poor manufacturing tactics that affect the wellbeing of their employees and the environment.

  3. Aug. 27, 2020Celebrating UWaterloo's first WWF Living Planet Leader
    Maggie Chang standing in front of wall mural

    In Fall 2019, Maggie Chang became one of the first ten Living Planet Leaders with WWF Canada, and the first from the University of Waterloo. We asked Maggie to share her experiences about the program to encourage and inspire other students to pursue it too!

    Here's what Maggie had to say:

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Sustainability on Campus Map

Looking for the closest green space, water refill station, e-waste drop off, or sustainable food option? Check out the Sustainability Layer on the Campus Map under Points of Interest!

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2020 Report

Learn about our actions and progress in our 2020 Environmental Sustainability Report. Please read and share! 

2020 Environmental Sustainability Report


Sustainability Guide 

The Sustainability Guide provides easy tips and resources to live, work, and study more sustainably at Waterloo and beyond. 

Sustainability Guide front page


Sustainability Strategy

Read our Environmental Sustainability Strategy to learn more about Waterloo's commitment to become a leader in sustainability education and research, operate the campus sustainably, and embed sustainability into campus culture.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy cover