Two students conducting field research in Laurel Creek

WATERLOO'S GOAL

  • By 2025, become a world leader for research excellence in 5 sustainabilityrelated themes

  • By 2025, establish Waterloo as a “go-to” hub for knowledge and expertise on sustainability challenges

  • By 2018, implement 3 new sustainability-related projects annually on campus using faculty and student expertise

  • By 2025, implement at least 8 new projects on campus annually

Supporting SDGs

SDG 8 SDG 9

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Waterloo supports dozens of sustainability research clusters and groups, with collaboration and interdisciplinary innovation happening across all six faculties. Formal sustainability research Centres and Institutes on campus include:

Centre for Control of Emerging Contaminants 

Founded in 2009, the Centre for Control of Emerging Contaminants is a collaborative project with several universities, the Province of Ontario, municipalities, and the private sector to develop technologies that remove harmful contaminants from drinking water and waste water.

Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation

The Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation focuses on the growing crisis of environmental degradation. Researchers works to develop new approaches to conservation and restoration, explore the role of protected areas to facilitate resilience and adaptation, and understand the capacity for ecosystems to adapt to change.

Centre for Groundwater Research

With roots dating back to 1982, the Waterloo Centre for Groundwater Research brings together scientists with shared interests in hydrogeology. The centre promotes independent and collaborative research, builds partnerships, disseminates knowledge, and provides education and employment opportunities for students related to groundwater.

Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology

CPATT logoFounded in 2005, the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology is a partnership between universities, the public sector, and the private sector to find new technologies to manage Canada's infrastructure.  These include approaches to lengthen the lifespan of infrastructure and re-use of materials in pavement.

Heritage Resources Centre

Heritage logoEstablished in 1980, the Heritage Resources Centre improves the understanding of natural and human heritage.  The centre expands knowledge of heritage planning, encourages collaboration between relevant stakeholders, and provides consultation for many groups.

Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change

IC3Founded in 2008, the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change links researchers from across the University of Waterloo to advance understanding of the physical science behind climate change, its natural and human impacts, and approaches to mitigate its effects and adapt to change.

Water Institute

Water Institute logoFormed in 2009, the Water Institute coordinates the diverse groups of researchers exploring water science, technology, and policy. More than 125 members from all faculties contribute research to issues ranging from aquatic ecology to atmospheric sciences, water governance to toxicology.

Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research

WatCAR logoFounded in 2004, the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) researches new advancements in hybrid and electric vehicles, vehicle light-weighting, and vehicle automation systems. WatCAR is currently constructing a $10m "Dream Facility" for research that will develop the green cars of the future.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation

WICI LogoLaunched in 2010, the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation fosters interdisciplinary research on many sustainability-related issues that require complex systems thinking and collaboration.  They apply complex systems analysis and approaches to compounding problems such as climate change, population growth, class divides, and energy shortages.

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics

WISA LogoThe Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) is the world’s leading hub for sustainable aviation and aerospace research, technology, and education. WISA fosters interdisciplinary inquiry, cross-sector partnerships, and experiential learning that builds a sustainable future.

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

WISE logoFounded in 2008, the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy brings together over 100 researchers from across campus, all exploring technological and policy innovations that will enable a shift to clean energy.

Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience

WISIR LogoThe Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience supports collaborative research projects across faculties and universities that generates new knowledge about social innovation, including the dynamics of learning, adaptation, and resilience.