WWF Canada is the country's largest conservation organization, with a mission to reverse the decline of wildlife. WWF Canada's Living Planet @ Campus program encourages students in the practice of sustainability and the protection of nature on campus and beyond.
Become a Living Planet Leader
The Living Planet Leader program is a self-guided designation that recognizes student contributions to a more sustainable campus and community. Students must complete actions in four categories to quality for a Living Planet Leader designation, including:
- Campus, community or global volunteerism
- Personal application of sustainability
- Application of sustainability in academics
- Leadership and teamwork
The Living Planet Leader student certification is an opportunity for students to gain valuable leadership skills and boost their professional resume. Students will be listed on WWF's Living Planet Leader website upon certification.
To get started:
- Register as a Living Planet Leader with Living Planet @ Campus
- Track your progress and record your efforts on your Living Planet Leader profile
- Submit your completed application within 3 months after your final academic term
Once your application has been accepted by WWF Canada, you'll be listed as a Living Planet Leader on the Living Planet @ Campus website, which you can include on your resume and online CV.
Meet our Living Planet Leaders
Environment and Business
Environment, Resources, and Sustainability
Biology Minor, International Development Option
Environment and Business
Designing Change Hackathon 2019
On March 16, 2019, students were challenged to put together a team to think about innovations that will shift us to a more sustainable future at the Designing Change Hackathon, held at WWF Canada Headquarters in Toronto. Students had the chance to win a $1,200 team prize and network with industry professionals during the event. Students were challenged to develop innovative solutions to the plastic crisis and pitch their innovation to a panel of industry experts.
Designing Change Hackathon 2018
On March 24, 2018, students were challenged to put together a team to think about the next big innovation that will shift us to a more sustainable future at the Designing Change Hackathon hosted by WWF Canada. Contestants had a chance to win a $1,200 team prize and a one-on-one mentoring session with a professional in their field.
Waterloo's team proposed an innovative life cycle label on all food products, similar to nutritional information, to inform consumers about the environmental footprint of different products. They competed in the finals alongside 12 other campuses in Toronto.
Go Wild School Grant 2019
In 2019, the Ecology Lab was awarded a Go Wild School Grant through WWF Canada to run a workshop on birds of prey. The primary goal of the project was to make local wildlife knowledge more accessible to the campus community, in partnership with a branch of a regional conservation authority. The workshop focused on birds of prey and the challenges they face with human activity, with a specific focus on American Kestrels, Broad-winged hawks, Great Horned Owls, as well as information on falcons, vultures, and eagles.
Through the workshop, attendees were able to observe three live raptors of different species in close proximity - which would be difficult in the wild due to their nature and behavioural patterns! Participants also had the chance to pass around and touch wing and talon replicas that came from birds of prey. This was also a rare opportunity, as owning birds of prey (whether they are alive or dead) is not legal in Ontario without a license.
Representatives from the Mountsberg Raptor Centre delivered captivating facts about raptors, their morphology, diets, behaviour, as well as their capacity for interactions with humans. Stories of how the individual birds ended up in the centre, unable to be released back into the wild, allowed participants to gain an understanding of the direct and indirect human impacts on birds of prey.
The workshop engaged more than 40 attendees of all ages and received very positive and enthusiastic feedback!