As the University of Waterloo continues to navigate unfolding COVID-19 situation, the Sustainability Office has moved all activities virtual to prioritize health and safety while continuing to support the campus community. For our campus community and partners:

Events: All events, workshops, and other in-person activities are cancelled. We have alerted all registered participants for events. For some workshops, (i.e. the Sustainability Certificate for employees), we are exploring options for virtual participation and will advise registrants directly as those decisions are made.

Contact: The physical office will be closed as staff are working remotely. Please call or email any of our team members to stay in touch - we are happy to connect.

In-person meetings: All in-person meetings with students or employees will be cancelled or made virtual. We will contact meeting participants with further details, but we are well set-up to connect!

TravelWise Services: GRT has suspended purchases of all new Corporate Passes. Current pass holders can continue to manage and renew their cards online. Please follow GRT alerts for service schedule and route changes and practice social distancing and proper hand washing as much as possible. TravelWise has also suspended carpool matching on until further notice. The Emergency Ride Home program remains active.

For all University of Waterloo information regarding COVID-19, please visit the University's information page.

Living Planet @ Campus


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

wwf living planet logoThe 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, part of WWF Canada's Living Planet @ Campus program, 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:

  1. Register as a Living Planet Leader with Living Planet @ Campus 
  2. Track your progress and record your efforts on your Living Planet Leader profile
  3. 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. 

#DesignChange2018 Hackathon 

5 UW students at WWF Hackathon in TorontoDisruptive innovations are quickly changing our daily lives, including how we shop, share, bank, commute, learn, access entertainment, and connect with others. Many of these, such as paperless banking or bike sharing, can help improve local and global sustainability. 

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 #DesignChange2018 Hackathon held by WWF Canada's Living Planet @ Campus program. 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.