The Sustainability Network is made up of a collaborative group of students from clubs, societies, and student government who are taking action and initiative to make the University more sustainable. The network is a forum for these student leaders to:
- Share information and help promote each others' events and initiatives
- Collaborate on joint events and projects
- Share best practices on student engagement related to sustainability
The Sustainability Office is involved to help convene the network and help with transitions between coordinators and executives at the end of each term. Each participating group remains fully independent and conducts its own operations and programming.
Members of the network are already taking on projects and programs. The vision for the network is ensuring that students work collaboratively on these projects and help make involvement and interest in sustainability widespread on campus.
Reducing the collective ecological footprint of the campus requires participation from every student and employee, and this network will be important to expand the reach and impact of actions.
The following groups are officially participating in the network (in alphabetical order):
Overview: Campus compost operates two industrial-strength compost drums beside Modern Languages, nicknamed the "compost cows." The student group collects food and organic waste from dozens of locations across campus and educates students and employees on composting and organic waste management.
Current Executives: Isha Mistry, Nicole Huynh
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Overview: Climate Students is interested in facilitating research, education, and action on climate change. The group has connect the campus to the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change through Skype calls with students attending the negotiations, and ongoing engagement throughout the year. Climate Students is based in and supported by Waterloo's Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change.
Current Executives: Maria Nestorovska
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Overview: The University of Waterloo chapter of Engineers Without Borders is actively supported by dedicated students from across the University of Waterloo. Waterloo has programs focused on global engineering, fair trade, and international development. And you don't have to be in Engineering to join!
Current Executives: Paula Przybylski and Emman Haider
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Overview: UW Soul food partners with local charitable organizations and on-campus departments to donate unserved food and reduce waste. The group also advocates for conscientious food consumption and educates students and community members about local and global food insecurity.
Current Executives: Jordan Van Wyk
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Students of the Water Institute, Graduate Section (SWIGS)
Overview: SWIGS is a graduate student group that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration to foster education and teamwork in water-related areas. Through educational and fun events, they engage with research happening at Waterloo at the Water Institute.
Current Executives: Amy Dietrich
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Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI)
Overview: SCI is a service of Federation of Students, and is a primary focal point for events, education, awareness, and sustainability action on campus. SCI supports Campus Compost, UW Campus Market Garden, and coordinates programming on sustainable purchasing, landscaping, speaker series, and more.
Current executives: Sharon Chen and Megan Metke
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UW Campus Market Garden
Overview: The UW Campus Market Garden began as a student project in 2014, establishing a small plot of land next to St. Paul's. The program has expanded to cover three different plots of land, including over 500m2 on North Campus. The group sells its produce to the University community during the summer months. In 2017, the group successfully built a greenhouse next to the original plot of land at St. Paul's.
Current executives: Asha Virdee
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UW Energy Network
Overview: The University of Waterloo Energy Network (UWEN) is a group of students bound together by a shared belief in a sustainable approach to the energy industry. UWEN offers the chance for like-minded students to attend educational seminars, participate in exciting competitions and network with industry professionals.
Current executives: Kanjo Melo
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If you are interested in joining the Sustainability Student Leader's Network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide:
- Your name
- Your student group's name or project idea
- Your current program of study
- Brief description of why you would like to join
The following are basic terms of reference based on the above, to put everyone on the same page:
Terms of reference
The student sustainability leaders network will facilitate discussion on campus engagement on sustainability between like-minded student groups to increase our collective impact. Specifically, we will collaborate on:
- Information sharing – upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, sharing news
- Collaboration – linking efforts together for larger impact, and developing joint programming or initiatives
- Professional development – sharing best practices, suggestions, and feedback between groups
The group shall be formed of current undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Waterloo.
- All student groups, societies, and clubs on campus may participate in the network. Groups do not have to be focused on sustainability, but should have some activity or interest that overlap with sustainability.
- Individual students who do not belong to a particular group but who want to build their skills or involvement are also welcome to join.
The Sustainability Office is involved in the network only to convene student groups together and facilitate term-over-term consistency where possible. Each participating group remains fully independent and conducts its own operations and programming.
The network shall meet on the third Monday of every month, unless otherwise noted, to conduct business outlined in the group’s purpose.
By joining the network, a student group is committed to:
- Having one or more representatives attend at least half of monthly meetings throughout the year.
- Sharing contact information between incoming and outgoing coordinators/executives in order to keep consistency in communication.
- Participate in online discussion through the Facebook Group