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.

Riding through Bike Month 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

101 thanks to those that participated in Bike Month!

King Street Cycles mechanic fixing student bike as student watchesThe month of June marks Bike Month in Waterloo Region each year. Individuals and organizations throughout the Region are challenged by TravelWise to hop on their bikes in celebration of active and sustainable transportation.

To kick off Bike Month, the Sustainability Office tagged over 900 bikes on campus as a thank you and to promote various bike events throughout the month. On June 5, the Sustainability Office hosted King Street Cycles for a Bike Repair Lunch + Learn to teach students and staff basic bike repair tactics with a hands-on demonstration. On June 20, the Sustainability Office hosted their annual Bike Lunch, in collaboration with TravelWise and seven organizations from around campus and the broader community. Attendees received free tune-ups from King Street Cycles and the UW Bike Centre, free lunch snacks, engaged in great conversation, and even took home some free bike swag.

Throughout the month, the campus community was also challenged to log their bike trips on for a chance to win one of seven bike-related prizes, including bike gear gift baskets and gift cards to King Street Cycles and MEC. Working together, the University of Waterloo community made 1,902 bike trips and recorded 11,637 km of travel. In addition to fuel and travel cost savings of $4,270, UWaterloo cyclists saved 2,661 kg of C02 - equivalent to taking a car off the road for 6 months!

Congratulations to everyone that biked during bike month, including our Bike Challenge winners:

  • Bike repair tools resting on tableGrainne R.
  • Hendrik W.
  • Kyra C.
  • Lillian L.
  • Maureen F.
  • Peter F.
  • Richard H.

Throughout the rest of these summer months, consider biking to campus to reduce your personal carbon footprint and boost your health!