January 2021

WAT's Sustainable Episode 07: WAT is sustainable transportation? with Kevan Marshall

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On episode 07, we hear from Kevan Marshall from TravelWise and Grand River Transit. Join Jenna and Mat Thijssen, the Sustainability Director at the Sustainability Office, as they discuss sustainable transportation. From sustainable transportation options in Waterloo Region, to challenges in making communities more transit-friendly, to the role community members have in transitioning their communities towards sustainability, you don't want to miss this conversation!

WAT's Sustainable Episode 06: WAT is Bike Month?

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On episode 06, we talk about all things Bike Month! We explore the history of the month-long campaign, it's significance on an individual and community-wide scale, how it's changed over the years and what you can do to take part this year.

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Sustainability Theme of the Month: June is for Sustainable Transportation

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Can you believe we are already halfway through 2021? With summer almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to explore ways we can move more sustainably by embracing the outdoors. As we will discuss in this blog post, reducing our community’s greenhouse gas emissions will heavily rely on our ability to use sustainable transportation options.

Why does sustainable transportation matter?

Feature: Reducing waste with A Friendlier Company

Kayli and Jacqui with their containers

Prior to COVID-19, zero-waste take-out was already challenging. The pandemic made it even harder, with restrictions on the use of personal mugs, take-out boxes and more for sanitation reasons. However, one company is beating the odds and helping local restaurants transform their practices towards circular systems. Today, we are sharing the story of A Friendlier Company, whose vision is to create a centralized, circular system across Canada.

WAT's Sustainable Episode 05: WAT is plant-based eating with Nicole Pin

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On episode 05, we invited our first guest onto the podcast to explore WAT is plant-based eating. Join Jenna, Andrea Bale and the University's Registered Dietitian, Nicole Pin, for an inspiring discussion on the benefits of eating more plant-based, how to navigate barriers to eating more plant-based and more.

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What I eat in a day: plant-based edition

What I Eat in a Day: Plant-based Edition

In an age where several food options are available with a click of an UberEats delivery button, choosing what to eat can be quite unmotivating, costly, and, at times, difficult. For this reason, I aim to help you reinvent each meal in a manner that is amusing, creative, and healthy by providing you with a “What I Eat in a Day: Plant-based Edition.” I listed potential plant-based meals for you and your family to cook at home for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, I provided an assortment of snacks that are quick, affordable, customizable depending on your preference and style, and most importantly, plant-based!

Sustainability Theme of the Month: May is for Sustainable Food

Do you enjoy listening to podcasts rather than reading blog posts? Check out Episode 01 of the WAT's Sustainable? Podcast, where we explore food systems sustainability!

Earth Month 2021 recap

This April, we asked the University of Waterloo community to take part in our Earth Month Challenge, a four-week campaign that encouraged individuals to take sustainable actions in their everyday lives to contribute to collective sustainability efforts.

WAT's Sustainable Episode 04: WAT is Earth Day?

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Happy Earth Day! On Episode 04 of the podcast, we answer the question: WAT is Earth Day? We go through the history of this international event and it's current scale, what it aims to achieve, some of the criticisms you may hear and ways that you can celebrate Earth Day virtually this year.

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WAT's Sustainable Episode 03: WAT is urban greenspace?

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On Episode 03 of the podcast, we answer the question: WAT is urban greenspace? We discuss the importance of greenspace in cities for your health, wellbeing and the planet, what challenges exist when creating urban greenspace in existing urban centres, and what you can do to promote urban greenspace in your community!

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WAT's Sustainable Episode 02: WAT is zero waste?

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On Episode 02 of the podcast, we answer the question: WAT is zero waste? We discuss the concept of zero waste living, the difference between zero and low waste living, the challenges contributing to our global waste problem, and what you can do as an individual to reduce your waste!

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Sustainability Theme of the Month: April is for Supporting Biodiversity

Spring is finally upon us! To many, this means it’s time to start planning your garden for the season and spending more time outdoors. It’s also the time that the Earth seems like it’s “waking up” from its winter slumber, and you can truly appreciate the role of biodiversity in creating beauty and supporting our wellbeing.

Guest blog: Promoting biodiversity with the Ecology Lab

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To discuss the role of biodiversity and what we can individually do to promote it, today on the blog we hear from Bev Raimbault, the Lab Coordinator at the University of Waterloo's very own Ecology Lab!

What is biodiversity and why is it important?

WAT's Sustainable Episode 01: WAT is a sustainable food system?

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WAT's Sustainable: The Podcast

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Sustainability Theme of the Month: March is for Energy Conservation

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Can you believe that we are almost a quarter of the way through 2021? In honour of Earth Hour – taking place on Saturday, March 27th from 8:30-9:30pm – this month’s focus is on energy conservation and how individuals can be sustainable through their energy habits.

What is energy?

Sustainability Theme of the Month: February is for Sustainable Salt Management

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While majority of the University of Waterloo may be running virtually right now, the Sustainability Office is still here to help you incorporate sustainability into your daily life – from the comfort of your own home! For every month of 2021 we are focusing on a specific sustainability theme, demonstrating just how diverse sustainability can be.

  1. 2021 (17)
    1. June (3)
    2. May (4)
    3. April (6)
    4. March (3)
    5. February (1)
  2. 2020 (7)
    1. November (1)
    2. October (1)
    3. August (2)
    4. June (3)
  3. 2019 (1)
    1. April (1)
  4. 2018 (8)
  5. 2017 (8)
    1. June (1)
    2. May (2)
    3. April (1)
    4. March (1)
    5. February (2)
    6. January (1)
  6. 2016 (2)
    1. February (1)
    2. January (1)
  7. 2015 (3)
    1. November (1)
    2. June (1)
    3. April (1)