As the University of Waterloo continues to navigate unfolding COVID-19 situation, the Sustainability Office has moved all activities virtual to prioritize health and safety while continuing to support the campus community. For our campus community and partners:

Events: All events, workshops, and other in-person activities are cancelled. We have alerted all registered participants for events. For some workshops, (i.e. the Sustainability Certificate for employees), we are exploring options for virtual participation and will advise registrants directly as those decisions are made.

Contact: The physical office will be closed as staff are working remotely. Please call or email any of our team members to stay in touch - we are happy to connect.

In-person meetings: All in-person meetings with students or employees will be cancelled or made virtual. We will contact meeting participants with further details, but we are well set-up to connect!

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For all University of Waterloo information regarding COVID-19, please visit the University's information page.

Blog posts archive

January 2018

30 Day Zero Waste Challenge Reflections

Beth and Andrea's mason jars after the 30 day challenge

Beth's reflections

Tips for preparing for the Zero Waste Challenge

Andrea Bale and Beth Eden from the Sustainability Office with their mason jars

Beth's preparation

Hi, I am Beth and I am the Sustainability Projects Coordinator this term.

5 R’s of Waste Reduction: Rot

New Bins on Campus

The 5 R's of waste reduction continued...

Rot refers to composting or using the green bin program for organic waste rather than throwing it into the garbage.

Last year, over 80% of the waste on campus that went to landfill could have been recycled or put in the compost. We have lots of great opportunities to improve that this year!

Student led 'Global Warning' campaign beating plastic pollution

Global Warning Logo

Where it all started

The Union by Project: Trashion

The Union Model Promotional Graphic

Where it started

Leading up to Zero Waste Week, we will be featuring students, start-ups, and inspiring stories on our blog to get you thinking more about waste. Have you heard about Trashion yet?

Yoshi Matsuzaki is a 2A student in Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment. Believing sustainability is key in every industry and relating this to his passion for Photography, he founded Project: Trashion.

5 R’s of Waste Reduction: Reuse

Bike Repair

5 R's of waste reduction continued

This week’s theme is the third of the 5 R’s of Waste Reduction: Reuse

Nearly everything we buy on a daily basis ends up in the garbage. Finishing its life in the landfill contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution to our waterways and natural spaces on land. By cutting our consumption, we are able to reduce our environmental impact on natural systems and contribute to a healthier, more resilient planet for all species.

5 R’s of Waste Reduction: Reject

2 overflowing dumpsters on campus

The 5 R's continued

In preparation for Zero Waste Week (Oct 15-19), the second ‘R’ of waste reduction and the theme of the week is ‘Reject’.

5 R’s of Waste Reduction: Reduce

Theme of the Week: Reduce

Introducing the 5 R's of waste reduction

To start our countdown to Waste Week on campus this fall (starting October 15th), we are introducing the 5 R’s of waste reduction. This week’s topic is ‘Reduce’.

Guest Blog: Eco Containers

What is it?

We’ve all heard the saying “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, and that is exactly what Food Services is trying to accomplish through the eco-container program. The eco-container program is currently a pilot project at the newest residence building, Claudette Millar Hall.