Transportation and Grounds Data

Objective O6:

By 2025, increase to 90% the proportion of sustainable commuting trips from a 2016 baseline of 85%

Progress: Completed

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Description: The majority of trips to campus are by walking, cycling, transit, carpooling, and teleworking, however there is a large gap between student and employee travel.

Employee commuting patterns have not shifted significantly since the beginning of the measurement, though continued changes to the local transit system and improved walking/cycling infrastructure will help.

2020 saw tremendous shifts to a remote working and learning environment, which predictably altered all travel patterns. Waterloo has exceeded its modal shift target as a result of the remote work changes, but this is expected to be temporary.

 

Objective O7:

By 2020, increase electric and alternative-fuel vehicle use on campus

Progress: Somewhat complete

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Description: Waterloo launched electric vehicle charging stations on East Campus in 2018, which have been highly utilized.

While the number of electric vehicles used in commuting remains small, they have more than doubled in the past four years.


Objective O8:

By 2025, reduce fossil fuel consumption across the campus fleet by 25% from a 2015 baseline

Progress: Mostly complete

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Description: Waterloo does not currently have a cohesive fleet management approach to reduce fuel consumption or increase efficiency. However, the replacement of aging vehicles with more fuel-efficient models has helped bring down some fuel consumption, and several vehicles have rolled over to hybrid models and a new electric vehicle. Targeted replacement of appropriate vehicles to right-sized or electric models at their end of life must be made to continue this momentum and enable Waterloo to reach its objective.

The significant drop in fuel consumption in 2020 was largely pandemic-related, and is expected to rebound as activity resumes on campus.


Objective O9:

By 2025, all University grounds will be maintained according to sustainable landscaping standards, and plans developed for remediation and preservation of specific natural areas of concern

Progress: Mostly complete

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Description: Waterloo’s grounds team already follows many of the management practices necessary to develop a sustainable landscape standard, and has compiled a draft that is being reviewed with key stakeholders and operational partners to ensure feasibility as well as alignment with sustainability needs.