Green Residence



  • By 2018, establish a sustainability leaders program in partnership with students from residences, clubs and societies, student government, and for students in off-campus housing

Supporting SDGs

 SDG 4    

Help Campus Housing go green!

Two Green Residence Ambassadors at a booth in residence, holding up pledge stickers and with sustainability promotional materials on the table in front of themStudents have an incredibly important role to play in making the University of Waterloo a more sustainable campus. To support students in this journey, we've launched the Green Residence program in partnership with Campus Housing.

The goal of the Green Ambassador program is to build student sustainability leadership skills and experience, support sustainable behaviours across the residence community, and provide meaningful feedback to the University on housing sustainability.

The Green Residence Ambassador program is an amazing opportunity for students to:

  • Gain valuable leadership, teamwork, and communication experience
  • Make a tangible impact in lowering your environmental footprint
  • Fulfil requirements for WWF Canada's Living Planet Leader designation
  • Make new friends and have fun!

Fall 2022 - Winter 2023 cohort

We're so excited for the Green Residence program to continue in Fall 2022. The program will take a hybrid approach this term, with both virtual and in-person activities as permitted.

Here's what ambassadors can look forward to:

  • Waste Week Challenge mason jar full of food wrappers.Biweekly discussions centred around professional development (you'll even receive a certificate at the end!)
  • Supporting sustainability events (e.g. Waste Week, booths, workshops)
  • Supporting an organics collection project (*for UWP students only*)
  • Creating communication materials for Campus Housing
  • And more!

Time Commitment: ~5-10 hours/month a month, starting the week of September 12, 2022

  • Training and onboarding (3 hours in September)
  • Biweekly discussions (2-3 hours/month)
  • Supporting sustainability events (2-3 hours/month)
  • Organics collection project (4 hours/month)

Does being a Green Residence Ambassador sound like a good fit for you? Fill out our application form now! If you have any questions please contact The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 6 at 11:59pm.

*For students living at UWP - you can support the Green Residence program by signing up for the organics collection program. There is limited space so apply now to reserve your spot! Deadline to apply is Thursday, September 15.

Two Green Residence students in front of booth

What do Green Residence alumni say?

The Green Residence Ambassador Program is a great opportunity to get involved with the local community and engage with peers who are interested in creating a more sustainable world. I joined the program to learn how I could contribute to sustainability initiatives on campus and had the pleasure to learn from colleagues about different topics, such as green infrastructure, biodiversity, and water conservation.

Rodrigo, 2021 Green Residence Ambassador

My experiences in the program have allowed me to build friendships with others who are also interested in sustainability. I also learned a lot that I am applying in my daily life. For instance, in our biodiversity discussion we talked about the importance of native plants, and I am currently working towards creating a native plant garden to attract pollinators.

Arunemathi, 2019/20 Green Residence Ambassador