The University of Waterloo is proud to participate in the following community programs and initiatives:
Waterloo students from the Faculty of Environment helped design the feasibility study that led into our local Climate Action Plan. As new actions and initiatives emerge under the plan, University of Waterloo professors, staff, and students are continuing their engagement.
Energize: Sustainable City Challenge
This challenge is a tool for high school students to explore topics such as climate change, energy and Waterloo's transition towards a low-carbon future. These students will have the chance to improve their energy literacy, understand the complexity of climate change and decision-making for climate targets, and gain skills and resources to become local sustainability champions. They will also have the opportunity to compete against one another during a pitch competition in front of local experts!
Learn more about the Energize: Sustainable City Challenge.
The University of Waterloo is the founding institution of SDSN Canada. As host, tWaterloo uses its position as home to Canada’s largest Faculty of Environment to share knowledge, enhance research and help solve the interconnected sustainability challenges confronting the world.
Regional Sustainability Initiative
Waterloo is an pledging organization on waste as part of the RSI, formerly known as the Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI). Run by Sustainable Waterloo Region, the RSI is a member-based program that helps organizations in Waterloo Region assess their environmental impact and set carbon, waste and water targets. The University joined the RSI in 2012 and is one of over 60 local organizations participating.
Waterloo is a member of TravelWise, a partnership between the Region of Waterloo and Sustainable Waterloo Region. This program provides services to help employees walk, cycle, carpool, and take transit to work, and best practices for employers. Waterloo joined TravelWise in 2012 and is one of approximately 28 local organizations participating.
UNFCCC Race to Zero
Along with 500 other global higher education institutions, Waterloo has committed ourselves to be Net-Zero by 2050. our commitment has not stopped there, check out our Climate Action Plan, Shift:Neutral to look how we hope to transform our campus.
University Global Coalition
Waterloo is a member of the University Global Coalition. This collaborative platform of globally engaged universities and higher education association work in partnership with the UN and other stakeholders to create a more sustainable future for all.