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. Jan. 28, 2019Waterloo launches Green Residence Ambassador pilot on main campusTwo students at a picnic table in DP quad area

    The Sustainability Office is excited to announce the launch of a new Green Residence Ambassador pilot in partnership with Housing and Residences in main campus residences. 

  2. Jan. 24, 2019New secure bike cage coming to campusParticipants at Bike Lunch 2018 by MC and QNC

    We are excited to announce that the construction of a new secure bike cage is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks. The bike cage will be located between Environment 3 and Modern Languages and will hold 48 bikes. Space in the bike cage can be reserved for $10+HST/month and will be managed through Parking Services.

  3. Dec. 13, 2018University of Waterloo Earns STARS Silver RatingSTARS Silver Logo

    Waterloo is excited to announce that it has earned a Silver rating on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), a comprehensive reporting framework for post-secondary institutions. The rating recognizes Waterloo’s progress and actions across academics, campus operations, community engagement, and campus planning and governance.

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  1. Mar. 25, 2019Open House for Climate and Energy Action Plan (SLC)Aerial view of campus with focus on Environment 3 Building

    The University of Waterloo invites you to share thoughts and ideas on how the campus can become carbon neutral by 2050. This is one of four Open Houses where all members of the University community are encouraged to provide input.

  2. Mar. 26, 2019Open House for Climate and Energy Action Plan (DC)Aerial view of campus with focus on Environment 3 Building

    The University of Waterloo invites you to share thoughts and ideas on how the campus can become carbon neutral by 2050. This is one of four Open Houses where all members of the University community are encouraged to provide input.

  3. Mar. 27, 2019Open House for Climate and Energy Action Plan (EV3)Aerial view of campus with focus on Environment 3 Building

    The University of Waterloo invites you to share thoughts and ideas on how the campus can become carbon neutral by 2050. This is one of four Open Houses where all members of the University community are encouraged to provide input.

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  1. Nov. 16, 201830 Day Zero Waste Challenge ReflectionsBeth 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!

  2. Oct. 24, 2018How PolyGone Technologies is tackling microplasticsPolyGone 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.

  3. Oct. 4, 2018Student led 'Global Warning' campaign beating plastic pollutionGlobal Warning Logo

    Where it all started

    Jeffery Jiang just finished his 2B term studying Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment and is currently on co-op in Toronto.

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2018 Report

Learn about our actions and progress in our 2018 Environmental Sustainability Report (PDF). Please read and share! 

2018 Sustainability Report (Summary) front page


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