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. May 17, 2019University of Waterloo supporting launch of community-wide bike share pilotDropbike bike

    Need to get across campus in a hurry? Want to make your public transit connection easier? Looking to swing to Uptown for lunch?

    The University of Waterloo is excited to announce the launch of a campus-wide bike sharing program that will enable these and more trips across campus and the community.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

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  1. May 27 to June 7, 2019Spring E-waste Drop-off InitiativeE-waste pile

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

  2. June 1 to 30, 2019Bike Challenge 2019Bike Month Challenge banner, June 1-30 with bicycle and gear icons

    It's back! June is Bike Month at the University of Waterloo, and with the warm weather finally here to stay, it's the perfect time to hop on your bike and participate in our month-long challenge! 

  3. June 1 to 30, 2019Bike Month 2019student balancing bike centre water bottles in a tower

    June is Bike Month at the University of Waterloo! With the warm weather finally here, join us for fun challenges and events happening throughout the month!

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  1. Apr. 22, 2019The history of Earth Day

    Earth Day is April 22nd and is just around the corner! It’s a day full of education, empowerment, and conservation. Communities around the world take part in sustainability initiatives such as tree planting, yard clean-ups, or rallies, and many extend these activities for the entire month of April, globally known as Earth Month. There’s no better month to celebrate life on Earth than in April, when the planet is reawakening after a long, dreary winter. So how did it all begin?

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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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