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Tips for preparing for the Zero Waste Challenge

Andrea Bale and Beth Eden from the Sustainability Office with their mason jars

Beth's preparation

Hi, I am Beth and I am the Sustainability Projects Coordinator this term.

5 R’s of Waste Reduction: Rot

New Bins on Campus

The 5 R's of waste reduction continued...

Rot refers to composting or using the green bin program for organic waste rather than throwing it into the garbage.

Last year, over 80% of the waste on campus that went to landfill could have been recycled or put in the compost. We have lots of great opportunities to improve that this year!

Student led 'Global Warning' campaign beating plastic pollution

Global Warning Logo

Where it all started

The Union by Project: Trashion

The Union Model Promotional Graphic

Where it started

Leading up to Zero Waste Week, we will be featuring students, start-ups, and inspiring stories on our blog to get you thinking more about waste. Have you heard about Trashion yet?

Yoshi Matsuzaki is a 2A student in Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment. Believing sustainability is key in every industry and relating this to his passion for Photography, he founded Project: Trashion.

5 R’s of Waste Reduction: Reuse

Bike Repair

5 R's of waste reduction continued

This week’s theme is the third of the 5 R’s of Waste Reduction: Reuse

Nearly everything we buy on a daily basis ends up in the garbage. Finishing its life in the landfill contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution to our waterways and natural spaces on land. By cutting our consumption, we are able to reduce our environmental impact on natural systems and contribute to a healthier, more resilient planet for all species.

Guest Blog: Eco Containers

What is it?

We’ve all heard the saying “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, and that is exactly what Food Services is trying to accomplish through the eco-container program. The eco-container program is currently a pilot project at the newest residence building, Claudette Millar Hall.

4 Resources to Promote Cycling to Campus

Bike racks in front of Quantum Nano Centre

With warmer weather here for the rest of the summer, many are starting to tune-up their bikes and hit the road to get to school or work! It’s no surprise that people opt for biking to school or work as it can be more cost-effective, healthy, and environmentally-friendly.

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.

Guest blog: Sustainability and Resilience as Metaphors

Professor McMurry reading a book in the water

A few years ago I discovered that I am a member of a group of scholars and teachers known as environmental humanists: these are academics in a variety of departments--philosophy, languages, the various arts--who connect their disciplinary research with environmental issues.

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