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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. Oct. 30, 2017University of Waterloo Holds Zero Waste WeekTwo people sitting in-front of living wall

    During the Week of October 16th – October 20th, the University of Waterloo partnered with the Sustainability Office and participated in its first ever Zero Waste Week as part of the national Waste Reduction Week campaign.

  2. Oct. 26, 2017Waterloo Releases 2016 Environmental Sustainability ReportEnvironmental Sustainability Report Horizontal cover image

    A message from President Feridun Hamdullahpur to all students, staff, and faculty:

    I am pleased to share the University of Waterloo’s 2016 Environmental Sustainability Report.

    Each year, Waterloo publishes a summary of the actions that students, staff and faculty have taken across campus to reduce our environmental impact. From new research projects to student events to ongoing changes to policy and practice, it is inspiring to see the dedication and involvement of so many people in our University community.

  3. July 14, 2017Bike Month 2017 at UWaterlooBikes lined up at the bike racks in front of Dana Porter

    June was Bike Month across Waterloo Region! In partnership with TravelWise, the Sustainability Office challenged cyclists to different activities and tasks throughout the month to promote the use of active transportation to campus and celebrate those who have committed to cycling.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. May 3, 2017Guest blog: Sustainability and Resilience as MetaphorsProfessor McMurry reading a book in the water

    A few years ago I discovered that I am a member of a group of scholars and teachers known as environmental humanists: these are academics in a variety of departments--philosophy, languages, the various arts--who connect their disciplinary research with environmental issues.

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