Eco Summit 2019: Building Hope

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:30 am - 1:00 pm EST

Join the Sustainability Office for our sixth-annual Eco Summit! This event brings together staff, faculty, students, and community partners to reflect on our sustainability progress, celebrate our successes, and catalyze action. <--break->This year's event will feature:

  • Opening remarks from James Rush, VP Academic & Provost
  • Launch of 2019 Environmental Sustainability Report
  • Case studies from students, staff, and faculty across campus
  • Green Office awards, with a special video message from President Feridun Hamdullahpur
  • Panel discussion with student, staff, faculty, and community experts, moderated by the Sustainability Office


Academics: Sustainability Diploma

James Nugent, Lecturer, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Operations: Waste System Improvements

Giovanna Zinken, Associate Director, Environmental Services, Plant Operations, University of Waterloo

Engagement: Green Residence Ambassador Program 

Farah El-Shayeb, Ambassador, 1A GEM, University of Waterloo
Joanna Gao, Ambassador, 1A Planning, University of Waterloo
Saad Arif Qadeer, Coordinator, 2A Biomedical Science, University of Waterloo


Beth Eden, Network Coordinator - Canada, SDSN Youth Initiative, Undergraduate Student, Environment & Business, University of Waterloo

Nadine Ibrahim, Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering, Lecturer, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

Easton Page, Instructional Support Coordinator, WatPD, University of Waterloo 

Mary Jane Patterson, Executive Director, Reep Green Solutions


8:30am-9:15am: Registration and networking (light breakfast provided)
9:15am-9:30am: Opening remarks from James Rush, VP Academic & Provost
9:30am-9:45am: Year at a Glance from Mat Thijssen, Sustainability Manager
9:45am-10:30am: Case study highlights
10:30am-10:45am: Green Office awards 
10:45am-11:15am: Bio break and networking
11:15am-12:15pm: Panel discussion
12:15pm-1:00pm: Lunch and networking