July 2021

WAT's Sustainable Episode 09: WAT is water conservation? with Brendan Schaefer

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WAT's Sustainable, Waterloo? Welcome to the official Sustainability's Office's official podcast: WAT's Sustainable?

On episode 09, we hear from Brendan Schaefer from Reep Green Solutions. Join Jenna and Andrea Bale, the Sustainability Engagement Coordinator at the Sustainability Office, as they discuss sustainable transportation. The conversation explores why water conservation is important both globally and within Waterloo Region, opportunities to conserve water in affordable, low-maintenance ways at home and more.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In an Earth plentiful of space and natural resources, it’s easy to forget the environmental impact of something as small as plastic. Yet, we continue to use plastic every day. From plastic bottles, plastic bags, to plastic packaging, human beings consume an irrational amount of plastic waste. Where does it go? Well, no other than our waters leading to the topic of this blog: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Sustainability Office is here to discuss what the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is, its effects on our environment, and the projects that are underway in solving this global mess.

WAT's Sustainable Episode 08: WAT is an auto city?

WAT's Sustainable Logo Episode 08

WAT's Sustainable, Waterloo? Welcome to the official Sustainability's Office's official podcast: WAT's Sustainable?

On episode 08, we learn about auto cities, including their history in relation to the boom in the automotive industry, how auto cities impact the environment as well as our health and wellbeing, and ways we can promote more sustainable travel within our auto-focused communities.

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Bike Month 2021 Recap

Bike Month 2021

In June, we asked the University of Waterloo community to participate in our Bike Month campaign, a four-week contest that encourages individuals to snap a photo of themselves on a bike ride or share their favourite cycling story. Although the Sustainability Office normally hosts its Bike Month activities in-person, Bike Month 2021 was designed to be entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, this post briefly summarizes how active and passionate the community is for cycling in their day-to-day lives.

Sustainability Theme of the Month: July is for Water Conservation

Summer is in full swing, which likely means many trips to the swimming pool, water park (if they reopen), watering our gardens, and other activities on top of everyday water-using tasks like washing dishes, taking showers, flushing toilets, and more. As you can imagine, we tend to use a lot of water at this time of year, so the Sustainability Office is exploring ways we can reduce our personal water consumption for the month of July.

Why does water conservation matter?

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