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. Mar. 16, 2021Climate Change Fund launches for Winter 2021
    Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change's Climate Change Fund Promotional Poster

    This article was originally featured on the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change news feed.

    IC3 has teamed up with UWaterloo's Concept to offer grant funding for business ideas aimed at solving climate change problems. This funding will be awarded to student teams to directly support innovation and entrepreneurship focused on climate solutions.

  2. Feb. 8, 2021Carbon neutral face masks – a small local business with a big impact
    Founder of Sweat Free Apparel, Chanakya Ramdev, with his carbon neutral masks

    Achieving a carbon neutral world seems like a daunting task – but companies like Sweat Free Apparel are bringing us one step closer to carbon neutrality through the creation of carbon neutral products, like face masks. Even better, they are doing it close to home – right here in Waterloo, Ontario!

  3. Jan. 22, 2021Undergraduate Affairs team at School of Pharmacy goes paperless
    Kaitlin Bykoski wearing a mask next to her printer

    This story was originally published by the School of Pharmacy. 

    When COVID-19 struck, Waterloo Pharmacy’s Undergraduate Affairs team dramatically shifted how they offer admissions interviews. The interviews, typically conducted in person with hundreds of interviewers and prospective students, were moved entirely online.

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  1. Mar. 29 to Apr. 23, 2021Earth Month 2021
    Earth Month 2021: Take the challenge text in front of pink wildflowers against a bright blue sky

    Join the Sustainability Office for Earth Month 2021! While we can't be together in person this year, we can still collectively build a more sustainable community from home. 

    This four-week challenge will encourage you to take action on four different weekly themes: sustainable food, waste reduction, connecting with nature, and promoting wellness.  

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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 Office News

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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.

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2020 Report

Learn about our actions and progress in our 2020 Environmental Sustainability Report

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


Shift: Neutral

Learn more about Waterloo's roadmap to carbon neutrality in our Shift: Neutral climate action plan.

 Neutral climate action plan cover page