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 gotravelwise.ca 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.

University of Waterloo Releases Environmental Sustainability Policy

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

On March 23, 2017 President Feridun Hamdullahpur approved Policy 53 - Environmental Sustainability, creating the University of Waterloo's first sustainability policy.

Developed by the President's Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability, Policy 53 is a foundation for further action across the campus. It articulates how actions to advance sustainability can be beneficial for the University, and outlines three major areas of relevance for Waterloo, including:

  • Raising awareness of sustainability issues, such as through career-relevant learning, impactful research, and developing skills to live sustainably
  • ​Ensuring the campus enacts practices to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations
  • Engaging employees and students as important agents of change

Policy 53 also establishes 12 principles that the campus must work towards across each of these scope areas. These are divided into four core commitments that will catalyze further action, and eight guiding principles that will help point actions towards strong outcomes.

As such, Policy 53 is an important step in the campus sustainability journey, but it is not the destination. There is considerable work to be done. As is now required, the President's Advisory Committee will develop over the coming months the University's first Environmental Sustainability Strategy, with measurable objectives and tangible actions.

The full version of Policy 53 - Environmental Sustainability is available is available on the Secretariat website.