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4 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.

The Story of UWaterloo's Student Sustainability Leaders Network

Student 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.

Guest blog: Sustainability and Resilience as Metaphors

Professor 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.

Sustainability Story: St Jerome's Commitment to Food Sustainability

The St. Jerome's Food Services Team

What does local even mean?

Local. Organic. Sustainable. Fair trade. Vegan. Genetically-modified. Free-range. MSC-certified. And the list goes on! As soon as we walk into the grocery store, we are hit with a plethora of food labels claiming to be good for you, but what dictates your decision when buying these items?

Guest blog: Take climate action now!

Group brainstorming session

Climate Action may be lucky number 13 in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), but there are zero paths to meeting the other goals without addressing it. Climate change affects each aspect of sustainable development, from inequality, to economic growth, built and natural environments, and, critically, your health.

The University of Waterloo is supporting research and education to elucidate these links to help achieve SDG #13. However, more work is urgently needed to understand how climate change and climate action affects our health, our economy, and our equality.

5 simple things you can do to make the University of Waterloo a more sustainable campus!

Aerial view of campus

You've probably heard that the University of Waterloo has released sustainability reports in the past, and that there is progress being made on many aspects of sustainability. But how can students, staff and faculty make a meaningful and long-lasting impact on-campus?

Beat the winter blues by Carpooling

Carpool month flyer

February is the coldest month of the year and the best time to carpool with someone at the University of Waterloo. That's why joining Carpool Month can save you money, helps the environment, gives you a chance to power nap, and maybe even makes new friends. 

What's the big deal with battery recycling?

Battery recycling stations on campus

Lack of knowledge. Inconvenience. Uncertainty. These barriers can make battery recycling seem difficult for people to participate in.

Empowering sustainability leaders of the future

Event panel members sharing expertise

On Thursday, January 21, 2016, Sustainable Youth Canada (SYC) partnered with the Waterloo Region Environment Network (WREN) to host a one of the largest local sustainability-themed networking events for youth in our community. What can YOUth do? A Conference by Youth for Youth engaged hundreds of university and high school students throughout Waterloo Region who have a passion for environmental issues and creating sustainable change.

The Science and Art of Composting

Student emptying compost cow

Since our formation over the 3 years ago, UW Campus Compost has established the view that composting is both a science and an art -- and messy ones at that. The science is biochemistry and ecology; it's the interaction of external factors and ratios of organic matter; it's the techniques used. The art view considers composting a labour of love -- and one that should be shared with others.