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Earth Month 2017

earth month header - March 20 - April 21

The Sustainability Office hosted Earth Month 2017 from March 30th to April 21st. It was a busy month consisting of contests, challenges, and public events! Over 500 staff, students, faculty, and community members participated or helped to facilitate the discussion on the future of energy in Waterloo Region.

Thanks to all participants and organizations who were involved. A special thanks goes out to Climate Action Waterloo Region, Green Office Ambassadors, REEP Green Solutions, the Kitchener Public Library, WGSI, and the WCDSB for helping to make Earth Month possible. 

Here are some of the highlights from the entire month:

Student Sustainability Leaders Network kick-off

  • We had over 8 different clubs, societies, and student groups represented at our first-ever Sustainability Leaders Meet-up! It was a night of discussion and engagement to weigh our options for building a better culture around sustainability on-campus. Stay tuned for the official release of our Student Sustainability Leaders Network in the coming weeks!

Student Sustainability Leaders Network

Sustainable Campus Photo Contest

  • There were a variety of photo submissions ranging from sustainable transportation to events on campus! The winners will be announced after May 1st, and we’ll be showcasing all of the entries on social media to help facilitate conversations and action around sustainability on campus. 

Green Office Energy Challenge

  • 21 offices across the UWaterloo campus participated in a series of four tasks spread out over Earth Month for the Green Office Energy Challenge! The offices were asked to test their energy knowledge, provide recommendations for energy efficiency upgrades, and test their energy use with their offices.

Green Office ambassadors discussion at the Lunch and Learn

REEP Lunch & Learn

  • We had over 35 students, staff, and faculty attend the REEP Green Solutions Lunch and Learn on home energy efficiency. REEP provided participants with energy saving tips and opportunities to seek out incentives for home energy upgrades!

Public Lecture: #PowerShiftWR – Transforming Energy in Waterloo Region

  • In part of Power Shift Waterloo Region, the University of Waterloo teamed up with KPL to host a public lecture on where the Region is going in terms of energy challenges and projects. Over 120 people joined us for this lecture at the KPL Main Branch, to listen to speakers Prof. Heather Douglas, Prof. Jatin Nathwani, and Prof. Sarah Burch to hear their forecast of where the Region is heading.

Audience and panel members at public lecture

Energize: Sustainable City Challenge

  • Climate Action WR, WCDSB, and the Office of Sustainability hosted students from St. David’s and Resurrection Catholic High Schools to help build a sustainable energy mix, and pitch their vision for a sustainable Waterloo Region. Students were challenged to reduce 80% of GHG emissions by 2050, and both teams managed to provide a cost-effective and sustainable solution to our energy mix.

Students working on energy mix board game

20-Minute Makeover

  • The City of Waterloo’s annual 20-Minute Makeover, at UWaterloo, took place on April 21st. We saw over 35 staff, students, and faculty come out to help tidy up our campus. The event runs annually across the City of Waterloo to help promote environmental stewardship and to clean-up in our neighbourhoods!

Team picture for the 20-Minute Makeover