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!

TravelWise Services: GRT has suspended purchases of all new Corporate Passes. Current pass holders can continue to manage and renew their cards online. Please follow GRT alerts for service schedule and route changes and practice social distancing and proper hand washing as much as possible. TravelWise has also suspended carpool matching on gotravelwise.ca until further notice. The Emergency Ride Home program remains active.

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

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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.

Pitches, Eco-Hacks, and More: ECOLOO 2015

Students joining Ecoloo event

On October 28th Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) hosted our third annual environmental fair, ECOLOO! ECOLOO is an event where groups, organizations, and businesses from the KW community as well as from on campus come to showcase what their all about and how students on campus can get involved. This year, SCI had nine vendors attend from both on campus groups and community-based organizations.

Shifting Gears: Cycling is changing

Commuting to campus on my bike is unglamorous common sense. Parking is free, and it turns the road rage of rush hour driving into joy. Cycling also makes me feel fast and powerful – not everyday feelings for many women.  With all of these benefits, it's certainly worth a try!

Powering Great Spaces

When we think about the University of Waterloo campus, there’s probably a first image that comes to mind.  Maybe it’s the Student Life Centre, with its bustling vendors and savoury smells, the lecture hall you visit every morning, or the residence you return to each night.  With over seventy buildings on campus, there’s no shortage of memorable locations.  Regardless of what space you chose, they probably require heating, cooling, and power.

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