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. Nov. 29, 2019Repair Workshop gives items a second chance at life
    Nine repairers from Personal Item Repair Workshop

    The Sustainability Office was excited to host Waterloo's second Personal Item Repair Workshop in partnership with Sustainable Campus Initiative, Julie Cook, and Murray Zink. Looking for a meaningful way to take action on our "throwaway culture" and to build community around zero waste practices, Julie Cook, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Environment, and Murray Zink, a staff member in the Waterloo Professional Development (WatPD) program, contacted the two groups to collaborate.

  2. Nov. 28, 2019Eco Summit builds hope for the future
    Aerial shot of Eco Summit event, with panel members on stage and participants at round tables in audience

    Article was originally published in Waterloo's Daily Bulletin.

    Waterloo’s sixth annual Eco Summit took place on November 20, coinciding with the release of the 2019 Environmental Sustainability Report. The theme, Building Hope, was interwoven with the goals of the Summit to connect with others, celebrate our progress and be inspired to go further.

  3. July 5, 2019Riding through Bike Month 2019

    101 thanks to those that participated in Bike Month!

    The month of June marks Bike Month in Waterloo Region each year. Individuals and organizations throughout the Region are challenged by TravelWise to hop on their bikes in celebration of active and sustainable transportation.

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  1. Apr. 22, 2019The history of Earth Day

    Earth Day is April 22nd and is just around the corner! It’s a day full of education, empowerment, and conservation. Communities around the world take part in sustainability initiatives such as tree planting, yard clean-ups, or rallies, and many extend these activities for the entire month of April, globally known as Earth Month. There’s no better month to celebrate life on Earth than in April, when the planet is reawakening after a long, dreary winter. So how did it all begin?

  2. Nov. 16, 201830 Day Zero Waste Challenge Reflections
    Beth 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!

  3. Oct. 24, 2018How PolyGone Technologies is tackling microplastics
    PolyGone 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.

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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!

University of Waterloo campus map


2019 Report

Learn about our actions and progress in our 2019 Environmental Sustainability Report. Please read and share! 

Front page of 2019 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