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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. Mar. 3, 2017Waste changes are coming to Waterloo RegionWaste change graphics

    Starting March 6th, the Region of Waterloo is changing the way that waste is collected. To ensure your garbage is collected properly and to keep our community and neighbourhoods clean, please review the following information.

  2. Nov. 3, 2016Waterloo Invites Input into Sustainability StrategyStudents collaborating in rock garden

    As Waterloo develops its first Environmental Sustainability Strategy, all members of the University community are invited to help shape our shared goals, objectives, and actions.

  3. Oct. 25, 2016Waterloo Releases 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report2015 Report Front Cover Image

    Today, the University of Waterloo released its 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report.  This year's report focuses on case studies and progress in academics, operations, and engagement.

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  1. Mar. 25, 2017Earth Hour 2017Students celebrating earth hour by candlelight

    Join Sustainable Campus Initiative for the annual Earth Hour celebration! There will be lots of DIY activities, free food, and a talent show.

  2. Mar. 28–29, 2017Second Hand Clothing SaleSCI Used clothing sale banner

    Need a refresh on your wardrobe? Sustainable Campus Initiative is holding a two-day clothing sale to help recycle gently used clothes on campus for affordable prices.

  3. Apr. 4, 2017REEP Lunch and Learn Lunch-and-learn header image of woman holding small house

    Curious about how to save on your hydro bill, conserve energy in your home and make your home more comfortable? Come join the Sustainability Office as we host REEP Green Solutions for a discussion of home energy efficiency.

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  1. Feb. 27, 20175 simple things you can do to make the University of Waterloo a more sustainable campus!Aerial view of campus

    You've probably heard that the University of Waterloo has released sustainability reports in the past, and that there is progress being made on many aspects of sustainability. But how can students, staff and faculty make a meaningful and long-lasting impact on-campus?

  2. Feb. 14, 2017Beat the winter blues by CarpoolingCarpool month flyer

    February is the coldest month of the year and the best time to carpool with someone at the University of Waterloo. That's why joining Carpool Month can save you money, helps the environment, gives you a chance to power nap, and maybe even makes new friends. 

  3. Jan. 20, 2017What's the big deal with battery recycling?Battery recycling stations on campus

    Lack of knowledge. Inconvenience. Uncertainty. These barriers can make battery recycling seem difficult for people to participate in.

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