Sustainability Certificate

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Outcomes  |  Structure  |  Other notes  |  Sessions and registration

Waterloo's Sustainability Office, in collaboration with Organizational and Human Development, is excited to offer a Sustainability Certificate for employees of the University. The certificate builds upon the University's Environmental Sustainability Strategy's goal of embedding sustainability actions into campus culture. It recognizes that all employees will have a role to play in building a sustainable campus.


At the end of the certificate, employees will:

  • Have a basic understanding of key local and global sustainability issues, as well as efforts underway to address them
  • Become familiar the University’s sustainability objectives, contributions to global challenges, and connections to the Strategic Plan
  • Understand tools and resources to integrate sustainability into everyday actions on campus and at home
  • Identify the relevance of sustainability for their home department


To receive the certificate, an employee must:

  • Complete all seven sessions
  • Come to all session having read the pre-reads and be ready to engage with colleagues
  • Complete the short multiple choice quizzes after each session (5 minutes each)

Please note that Sustainability 101 is a prerequisite for all other sessions and must be completed before attending subsequent sessions. Sustainability 102-106 may be taken in any order of preference, and Sustainability 107 is a capstone once all other courses are completed.

Other notes

  • Certificate can be completed over multiple terms
  • Modules are free to any University employee
  • Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice or no-shows will be subject to a $50 charge to their department
  • For questions, please contact Andrea Bale (

Sessions and registration

You can register for each session through Workday by following these instructions:

  1. Log into your Workday profile
  2. Click on the Learning icon
  3. Click on Browse Learning (right hand menu)
  4. Search the course title in the search bar and click on the course
  5. Click Enroll (bottom left) and select the offering you'd like to attend

Note: We will schedule additional offerings based on demand. Please register on the waitlist if you are interested in taking a session so we can contact you as additional offerings are made available.  

Winter 2020 course outline 

Course  Session Dates and Locations
SUS101: Introduction to Sustainability

Tuesday, January 14: EV2-2006  (12-1:30pm)

Tuesday, January 28: EV2-2006 (12-1:30pm)

SUS102: Energy and Climate Change

Tuesday, February 11: EV2-2006 (12-1:30pm)

SUS103: Sustainable Travel

Wednesday, February 19: EV2-2006 (9-10:30am)

Tuesday, February 25: EV2-2006 (12-1:30pm)

SUS104: Healthy and Sustainable Food

Tuesday, March 10: EV2-2006 (12-1:30pm)

SUS105: Reducing Your Material Footprint

Tuesday, March 24: EV2-2006 (12-1:30pm)

SUS106: Biodiversity and Nature

Thursday, April 2: EV2-2006 (9-10:30am)

Tuesday, April 7: EV2-2006 (12-1:30pm)

SUS107: Sustainability Leadership

Thursday, April 16: EV2-2006 (9-10:30am)

Tuesday, April 21: EV2-2006 (12-1:30pm)

Session descriptions