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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.

  1. Apr. 13, 2018Waterloo Receives Breakthrough Award for 2017 Sustainability ActionsJean Andrey and Mat Thijssen accept Breakthrough Award

    On Thursday evening, the University of Waterloo was honoured to receive the "Breakthrough ‎Award" from Sustainable Waterloo Region for its accomplishments in 2017. 

  2. Apr. 4, 2018Students plan for a sustainable Waterloo Region through Energize: Sustainable City ChallengeStudents playing the Energize: Sustainable City Challenge board game

    Students across the Region attended the Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair (WWSEF) yesterday, an annual event that brings together young scientific minds in the region to compete and participate in exciting activities. As part of the event, over 200 students participated in the Energize: Sustainable City Challenge, a tool for students to improve their energy literacy, understand the complexity of climate change and decision-making for climate targets, and gain resources to become sustainability champions in Waterloo Region.

  3. Mar. 27, 2018UWaterloo student team competes at WWF Designing Change for a Living Planet Hackathon UWaterloo student team at WWF Hackathon

    On March 24, 2018, WWF hosted the first Designing Change for a Living Planet 2018 Hackathon at their Toronto headquarters, bringing together diverse student teams from 12 campuses across Ontario.

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  1. May 7 to 18, 2018E-waste Drop-off InitiativeE-waste pile

    Central Stores has announced an e-waste initiative just in time for spring cleaning!

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  1. Jan. 31, 2018Guest Blog: Eco Containers

    What is it?

    We’ve all heard the saying “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, and that is exactly what Food Services is trying to accomplish through the eco-container program. The eco-container program is currently a pilot project at the newest residence building, Claudette Millar Hall.

  2. June 12, 20174 Resources to Promote Cycling to Campus Bike racks in front of Quantum Nano Centre

    With warmer weather here for the rest of the summer, many are starting to tune-up their bikes and hit the road to get to school or work! It’s no surprise that people opt for biking to school or work as it can be more cost-effective, healthy, and environmentally-friendly.

  3. May 23, 2017The Story of UWaterloo's Student Sustainability Leaders NetworkStudent Sustainability Leaders Banner

    As concerns around climate change and sustainability are becoming more predominant, it has prompted more student interest in getting involved with building a culture around sustainability on campus. With such a diverse, unique, and dynamic campus, we’re faced with many challenges, but also with many opportunities to engage the student population on campus.

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