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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!


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  1. July 29, 2022Information Systems & Technology (IST) is Sustainability Certified!
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  2. July 25, 2022Centre for Career Action is Sustainability Certified!
    Centre for Career Action Desk Sign

  3. May 10, 2022Sustainability Action Fund Spring 2022 Deadline Approaches
    SAF Promo

    The Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) supports projects and initiatives that improve sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Project funds are distributed based on a call for applications, with successful applications determined by the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (PACES).

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  1. Sep. 27, 2022Open house for Sustainable Land Care Standard (AHS)
    Peter Russell Rock Garden in the background, text in front reading Open House: Waterloo's Sustainable Land Care Standard Sep 27

    In partnership with Grounds Services, the Sustainability Office invites you to share your feedback on a proposed Sustainable Land Care Standard for the campus. This is one of three in-person open houses where all members of the University community are encouraged to provide their input.

    The open houses will display relevant information about the development of the Sustainable Land Care Standard and provide an opportunity for thoughts and comments. It will be set up in the foyer of the AHS expansion building.

  2. Sep. 29, 2022Virtual consultation for Sustainable Land Care Standard
    Peter Russell Rock Garden with text overlaid: Virtual consultation - Waterloo's sustainable land care standard Sept 29

    In partnership with Grounds Services, the Sustainability Office invites you to share your feedback on a proposed Sustainable Land Care Standard for the campus. This is a virtual consultation session for members of the community who are not able to attend the open houses in person. 

    During the meeting, we will share relevant information about the development of the Sustainable Land Care Standard and provide an opportunity for thoughts, reflection, and comments.

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  1. Sep. 22, 2022Connecting with the Outdoors: A Conversation with UW Parks Club
    Sustainability Stories with UW Parks Club

    UW Parks Club co-leaders Clara and Eloise share what UW Parks Club has been up to, their thoughts on sustainability and their vision for a sustainable future.   

  2. Aug. 5, 2022Eco-Maps: An innovative way to track data for green spaces
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  3. July 6, 2022Plant Operations Make Waste Sorting on Campus Fun and Easy!
    Sustainability Stories with Plant Ops graphic

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Bethany Poltl

Communications and Outreach Assistant