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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!

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  1. Feb. 8, 2023Using AI (DALL-E 2) to Visualize the Future in PLAN 211
    Aerial view of a green rooftop.

    This story was originally published by the School of Planning on February 3, 2023. 

  2. Jan. 27, 2023Making space for racialized voices
    Celine, in conversation, sitting in front of the plant wall in Environment 3.

    This story was written by the Faculty of Environment. It was included in Waterloo News' Global Features series and published on January 9, 2023. 

  3. Dec. 13, 2022Waterloo awarded Quacquarelli Symonds’ Sustainability Education Award for advancing the SDGs through work-integrated learning
    University of Waterloo Campus

    This story was originally published by Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education on Monday, December 12, 2022.   

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  1. Jan. 23 to Apr. 28, 2023Repair Hub Drop Ins (Winter 2023)
    Repair tools laid on table, including hammer, pliers, screwdriver and tape measure

    Do you have personal items in need of repair? 4RepairKW is hosting weekly drop-in sessions this winter term on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 4-6 pm. 

  2. Apr. 10, 2023Student Climate Conference
    Text reads: Climate Students Climate Conference Call for Abstracts

    Do you have some results from your thesis? Did you just complete your research project or thesis proposal? Completed your comprehensive exams? Or did you work on a project in one of your courses that you would like to share?

  3. Apr. 13, 2023WICI Book Club: The Ministry for the Future
    Sci-fi rendering of a future city

    In "The Ministry for the Future", author Kim Stanley Robinson paints a dystopian, yet ultimately hopeful picture of our planet's next century.

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  1. Mar. 17, 2023Celebrating World Water Day with Ezgi Demircan Ozelcaglayan
    Rocks in body of water.

    Ezgi (she/her) has an incredibly impressive resume: she holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemistry and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She’s now doing a postdoc at Waterloo, with a focus on mitigation of greenhouse gases from sewer systems.  

    As we celebrate UN World Water Day on March 22, I thought she’d be the perfect feature for this month’s Sustainability Story.

  2. Feb. 21, 2023Marking Open Education Week and SDG Week
    Tatham Centre in summer (credit: Derek Leung).

  3. Jan. 10, 2023Protecting drinking water at forWater
    Students listening to a lesson in a water facility

    Learn more about forWater, a national research network focused on drinking water protection in a changing climate, from Green Office ambassador Elanor Waslander.

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