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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. June 7, 2021Waterloo launches Canada's first degree in Sustainability and Financial Management
    Landscape view of skyscrapers with lush forest in front

    This article was originally published by Media Relations.

    The University of Waterloo is offering Canada’s first Sustainability and Financial Management degree to prepare a new generation of accounting and finance professionals to lead businesses through an era of environmental sustainability.

Read all news
  1. Sep. 7, 2021Sustainability Theme of the Month: September is for Climate Change
    SDG 13 logo: climate change

    Welcome back, Warriors! And welcome home to all of our new staff or students. The focus for September at the Sustainability Office is climate change, because we believe it is one of the most important topics to educate all of our new (and returning) community members on!

  2. Aug. 12, 2021WAT's Sustainable Episode 10: WAT is repair culture? with Murray Zink

    WAT's Sustainable, Waterloo? Welcome to the official Sustainability's Office's official podcast: WAT's Sustainable?

    On episode 10, we chat with Murray Zink, a staff member at the University and founder of 4RepairKW, a community-based organization composed of volunteers passionate about repairing items and educating the public on how to be more responsible and skilful consumers. This conversation dives into the concept of repair and why fostering a repair culture in the community is important for sustainability.

  3. Aug. 5, 2021Sustainability Theme of the Month: August is for Sustainable Procurement
    Grocery cart leading down a shopping aisle

    In a world where things are starting to look closer to “normalcy,” the back-to-school shopping season is upon us again. From stationary supplies, to dorm room decorations, to clothing, to apartment furnishings and more, many of us will be making purchases for school this month, whether we are students, staff, or have family going back to school. What better time to incorporate sustainability considerations into your shopping behaviours? 

View all blog posts

Sustainability Office News

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

Sustainability on Campus Map

Looking for the closest green space, water refill station, e-waste drop off, or sustainable food option? Check out the Sustainability Layer on the Campus Map.

University of Waterloo campus map

2020 Report

Learn about our actions and progress in our 2020 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