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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. Nov. 17, 2021Waterloo Releases 2021 Sustainability Report
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    This article originally appeared in the Daily Bulletin.

  2. Sep. 24, 2021Sustainability Certificate Offers New Classes for Staff and Faculty

    The Sustainability Office is offering an updated version of the Sustainability Certificate with virtual classes to both staff and faculty. Those interested in taking the course and participating in discussions can sign up through Workday.

  3. Sep. 23, 2021New bike cage is a corral for your cycles
    New Bike Cage

    As we return to campus, riding your bike just got a little better. Waterloo’s new bike cage has opened and students, staff, and faculty may now purchase spaces.

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  1. Nov. 26, 2021Sustainable Gifting
    crocheted bags, ornaments and hat

    The holiday season is a time when gifts are exchanged by many people. However, with this tradition comes a lot of waste! Shipping gifts, wrapping paper waste, packaging, and even those undesired gifts that we all inevitably get use resources, create emissions, and accumulate in landfills.

    One way to reduce the environmental impact of exchanging gifts is to give memorable experiences instead of physical objects. Ideas include:

  2. Oct. 28, 2021WAT's Sustainable Episode 12: WAT is Sustainable Development? with Jahanvi Desai
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    WAT's Sustainable, Waterloo? Welcome to the official Sustainability's Office's official podcast: WAT's Sustainable? 

  3. Oct. 26, 2021Repurposing Common Household Objects
    jars, hanging shirts and folded newspaper

    October is Waste Reduction month! It is a great time to think about how we can reduce our carbon footprint and work toward achieving SDG #12: Responsible Consumption & Production. Repurposing also contributes to SDG #13: Climate Action by diverting waste and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by landfills.

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Sustainability Office News

Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to stay updated on sustainability announcements, highlights, workshops, and opportunities.

Sustainability Report

Learn about our actions and progress in our annual 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