Sustainability Certificate

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Waterloo's Sustainability Office, in collaboration with Organizational and Human Development, is excited to offer a free 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 with 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 (can be completed over multiple terms)
  • 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 SUS101 is a prerequisite for all other sessions and must be completed before attending subsequent sessions. SUS102-106 may be taken in any order of preference, and SUS107 is a capstone once all other courses are completed.


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. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice or no-shows will be subject to a $50 charge to their department. 

Group learning: Winter 2021 course outline 

Winter 2021 sessions will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Course  Session Dates and Locations
SUS101: Introduction to Sustainability

Thursday, January 28 | 10:30am-12pm

SUS102: Energy and Climate Change

Thursday, February 11 | 10:30am-12pm

SUS103: Sustainable Travel

Thursday, February 25 | 10:30am-12pm

SUS104: Healthy and Sustainable Food

Thursday, March 11 | 10:30am-12pm

SUS105: Reducing Your Material Footprint

Thursday, March 25 | 10:30am-12pm

SUS106: Biodiversity and Nature

Thursday, April 8 | 10:30am-12pm

SUS107: Sustainability Leadership

Thursday, April 22 | 10:30am-12pm

Independent learning: LEARN

Sessions can also be completed independently through a new course offering on LEARN. The content is the same, but learners will complete in-course activities, quizzes, and reflections in the place of group discussions and activities. 

To register, login to your LEARN account and search for the Sustainability Certificate under Self-Registration. Employee completion records will be migrated over to Workday upon completion of the final module.

The seven modules will be released on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Note: Employees can choose the group learning OR independent learning stream, but cannot mix and match courses from the two streams at this time.

Session descriptions