Eco Summit 2023: Accelerating Action

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)


The Sustainability Office is thrilled to host our tenth-annual Eco Summit to showcase sustainability achievements, celebrate progress, and build connections with our campus community. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.

This year, our summit will focus on how we can (and must) accelerate sustainability action – in our teaching and research activities, in how we operate our campus, and in the ways we engage with one another as departments and individuals. 

Students walking in front of University of Waterloo sign at entrance of school

This year’s event will feature:

  • Opening remarks from Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Launch of 2023 Environmental Sustainability Report
  • Panel discussions with student and employee sustainability leaders
  • Green Office, Green Labs, Green Residence, and Living Planet Leader awards
  • Interactive activity and networking opportunities

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 22 from 12-4pm in Fed Hall. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Doors will open at 11:30am for check-in and networking.


We have an incredible line-up of speakers from across the campus who are working to accelerate sustainability action in many different ways.

MC & Host

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Mat Thijssen
Director of Sustainability 
Sustainability Office

Opening Remarks

Vivek Goel headshot

Vivek Goel
President & Vice-Chancellor

Panel 1: How students are pushing sustainability forward

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Francesca Girmenia (Moderator)
Communications & Outreach Assistant, Sustainability Office
3A, Environment and Business

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Jason Amri
Co-Founder, 3cycle
4A, Computer Science & Business

Celine Isimbi Headshot

Celine Isimbi
Co-Founder, Climate Justice Ecosystem
4A, Environment, Resources & Sustainability and Geography & Environmental Management

Maya Morton Ninomiya headshot

Maya Morton Ninomiya
Undergrad Representative, Curriculum Integration Working Group
4A, Health Studies

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Evan VanderMeer
Indigenous Entrepreneurship Coordinator, United College
3A Biology

Panel 2: Integrating sustainability into departmental operations

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Jacinda Reitsma (Moderator)
Administration and Finance

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David Ha
MAcc Co-Director
School of Accounting and Finance

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Rob Hunsperger
Senior Director, Planning, Design and Construction
Plant Operations

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Patricia Huỳnh
Sustainability Projects Manager
Sustainability Office


11:30am-12:00pm Registration and networking
12:00-12:45pm Lunch and networking
12:45-1:00pm Welcome and opening remarks from Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor
1:00-1:45pm Panel 1: How students are pushing sustainability forward
1:45-2:15pm Networking and refreshment break
2:15-3:00pm Panel 2: Integrating sustainability into departmental operations
3:00-3:30pm Interactive activity and refreshment break
3:30-3:50pm Green Office, Green Labs, Green Residence, and Living Planet Leader awards
3:50-4:00pm Closing remarks
4:00-4:30pm (Optional) Networking