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!

Applications are now open for the Green Residence Ambassador Program Fall2022-Winter2023 Cohort!

What students are saying about the program

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

What's in store for the Fall 2022-Winter 2023 Cohort

Waste Week Challenge mason jar full of food wrappers.The upcoming academic term is an exciting time as more things can occur in-person. The Green Residence program will take a hybrid approach this term, with both virtual and in-person activities, as permitted.

We will continue to run our bi-weekly discussions centered arounf professional development. These discussions will be also focused around understanding opportunities and barriers on sustainability challenges in residences.

New this term includes the Organic Collection Project. After being on hiatus, the intention is to begin

This cohort will also explore sustainability initatives on campus like:

  • Promoting campus wide-events (i.e., Waste Week 2022)
  • Creating communication materials for Residences
  • Green Ambassador hosted Movie Nights
  • Sustainability Events (i.e., booths, events, and workshops)
  • Living Planet @ Campus (WWF project opportunities

Time Commitment:~10-15 hours a month starting the week of September 5, 2022.

Time breakdown: Training and Green Ambassador Onboarding (2-3 hours a month), biweekly discussions (2-3 hours a month), Organics Collection Project (4 hours a month), event planning and hosting (2-3 hours a month)

Become a Green Residence Ambassador (Fall 2022-Winter 2023)

Does being a Green Residence Ambassador sound like a good fit for you? Fill out our application form now! Please do not hesitate to contact us by email at for any questions, concerns or comments. Deadline: September 4th 2022.