Posts for the Topic sustainability

Sustainable Menstruation

Menstrual Cup

What are Eco Bricks?

Eco bricks

Having grown up in a developing country, I have been a witness to various socio-ecological issues. One of them being waste management.  

As I grew up and gained knowledge about climate change and environmental degradation, I realized that leadership at the organizational and governmental level was essential if household efforts like waste segregation are to make a difference. I remember my family segregating their waste, but it proved to be irrelevant since the waste collectors would put it all in one pile.  

Climate action conversation with four changemakers

An image with a picture of young people behind the text that says "Eco Summit 2021: Youth leading the Way for Climate Action".

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

Repurposing Common Household Objects

jars, hanging shirts and folded newspaper

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.

Sustainability Theme of the Month: August is for Sustainable Procurement

Grocery cart leading down a shopping aisle

In a world where things are starting to look closer to “normalcy,” the back-to-school shopping season is upon us again. From stationary supplies, to dorm room decorations, to clothing, to apartment furnishings and more, many of us will be making purchases for school this month, whether we are students, staff, or have family going back to school. What better time to incorporate sustainability considerations into your shopping behaviours? 

What is sustainable procurement?

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.

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

Salt on a road

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.

The history of Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22nd and is just around the corner! It’s a day full of education, empowerment, and conservation. Communities around the world take part in sustainability initiatives such as tree planting, yard clean-ups, or rallies, and many extend these activities for the entire month of April, globally known as Earth Month. There’s no better month to celebrate life on Earth than in April, when the planet is reawakening after a long, dreary winter. So how did it all begin?

The Story of UWaterloo's Student Sustainability Leaders Network

Student Sustainability Leaders Banner

As concerns around climate change and sustainability are becoming more predominant, it has prompted more student interest in getting involved with building a culture around sustainability on campus. With such a diverse, unique, and dynamic campus, we’re faced with many challenges, but also with many opportunities to engage the student population on campus.

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