Take the challenge

In the spirit of Earth Day (April 22nd), The Green Labs program invites faculty, students, and staff that work in labs to participate in a friendly campus challenge. Each day will focus on a different theme of Green Labs with various ways to earn points. Your team will have two daily challenges to try!

Participation is asynchronous with 5 full days to complete the challenge. The challenges are designed to be simple and introduce you to the Green Labs Program; they range from subscribing to a newsletter, simple calculations of faucet water usage, and checking for standardized waste signage in your lab.


Date: April 22 - April 26

Time: Challenges are available for participation each day.

Location: University of Waterloo main campus & satellite campuses

How to participate

  • Please register yourself and/or a team of individuals.
  • You do not need to be a Green Lab to participate. However, your work must center around a lab to participate.
  • Once registered, you will be temporarily added to the Green Labs Teams Group, where all challenge correspondence will be centralized
  • Daily challenge details will be shared ahead of the event.
  • Ensure your team details are included in all correspondence with the Sustainability Office so that you get your points.
  • Teams with the most points will be awarded first, second, and third place prizes! 

Email the Green Programs Coordinator with any questions.


The Green Labs Earth Week Challenge will begin on April 22, 2024 and end on April 26, 2024. No purchase is necessary to participate. The Challenge is open to students and employees of the University of Waterloo who have reached the age of majority. Participants may enter as individuals or in groups of two to five people. By participating in this Challenge, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.

Each day of the Challenge, there will be two “daily challenges”. Each daily challenge will require participants (whether individuals or groups) to perform certain activities. These activities will be described in emails sent to registered participants. Participants will be awarded points for successfully completing a daily challenge. Daily challenges must be completed by April 26, 2024, at 5 p.m. to receive points. Proof of completing of a daily challenge must be sent to alyssa.ford@uwaterloo.ca.

There are three prizes available to be won: (1) one $100 gift card for one of: Four All ice cream, Full Circle Foods, or Crafty Ramen; (2) one $50 gift card for one of: Four All ice cream, Full Circle Foods, or Crafty Ramen; and (3) one $25 gift card for one of: Four All ice cream, Full Circle Foods, or Crafty Ramen (each a “Prize”). Prizes will be awarded based on the number of points accumulated by a participant or group of participants by April 26, 2024 at 5 p.m. For clarity, only one Prize will be allocated to share amongst a group of participants. Chances of winning the Prize depend on the number of points achieved by participants and the number of overall participants.