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Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Resiliency

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What are Nature-Based Solutions (NBS)? 

Nature Based Solutions (NBS) is a means of conservation, managing, and restoring interventions that are intentionally planned to produce positive climate adaptation and mitigation benefits (Nature-based solutions for climate change. WWF, n.d.). NBS for climate change resiliency, harnesses the power of nature to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.  

Climate action conversation with four changemakers

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The University of Waterloo’s Sustainability Office held its eighth annual Eco Summit with the theme: “Youth Leading the Way for Climate Action”.

Sustainable Gifting

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The holiday season is a time when gifts are exchanged by many people. However, with this tradition comes a lot of waste! Shipping gifts, wrapping paper waste, packaging, and even those undesired gifts that we all inevitably get use resources, create emissions, and accumulate in landfills.

One way to reduce the environmental impact of exchanging gifts is to give memorable experiences instead of physical objects. Ideas include:

How to bike safely in your community

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As we all know, cycling is one of the sustainable modes of transportation to reach from Point A to Point B. When you bike, you are reducing emissions and helping improve the quality of air we all breathe. It is also a great way to get your body moving and your mind healthy.

Sustainability Theme of the Month: Sustainable Holidays

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Hello, Warriors! This month, as the holidays are around the corner, we shift our focus on sustainable holidays. Being sustainable doesn't mean we should take away the fun out of the holidays. It just means there are some things we need to be careful about so that our planet won't suffer from the weight of impacts we produce.

What we mean by sustainable holidays

Repurposing Common Household Objects

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October is Waste Reduction month! It is a great time to think about how we can reduce our carbon footprint and work toward achieving SDG #12: Responsible Consumption & Production. Repurposing also contributes to SDG #13: Climate Action by diverting waste and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by landfills.

WAT's Sustainable Episode 11: WAT is Zero Waste (Week)? with Ariana Lim and Eurus Pan

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

On Episode 11: WAT’s Zero Waste Week, we chatted with Ariana and Eurus, co-leaders of @uwcampuscompost, to talk about zero waste, why zero waste is important to the student group, and how they’re promoting waste reduction on campus. We also shared tips and information on how you can reduce waste as an individual and how you can get involved with them. 

To learn more about the student group:

Give thanks and a scare—not waste!

Pumpkins and other produce goods

Excitement grows as we approach Halloween and Thanksgiving. As fun as they can be, these holiday traditions often tend to be wasteful, and so the way we celebrate has to change for the health and safety of our planet. We often get caught up in the moment where we forget how our actions can impact the environment. 

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