Engagement Data

Objective E1:

By 2020, Waterloo broadly distributes timely and audience-relevant information about sustainability initiatives and opportunities within the campus community

Progress: Mostly complete

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Description: Waterloo continues to expand its communication on sustainability initiatives. These have shown year-over-year increases in engagement and participation. However, they still represent a minority of campus community members.

COVID restrictions in 2020 and 2021 also eliminated most in-person engagement opportunities, and forced a pivot to online engagement, with all its mixed opportunities and challenges. The Sustainability Office launched new channels, such as a podcast and newsletter, to create new opportunities to communicate with the campus community.


Objective E2:

By 2020, additional programming is developed for incoming students during orientation and in residences to encourage sustainable living on campus


Progress: Mostly complete

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Description: Increased effort has been made to link with orientation activities, and through Housing and the Green Residence Ambassador Program to reach first-year students. COVID-19 diminished many of these opportunities, and efforts to restart and expand programming will be needed in future years.



Objective E3:

By 2018, establish a sustainability leaders program in partnership with students from residences, clubs and societies, student government, and for students in off-campus housing

Progress: Complete

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Description: Student leaders continue to engage in campus efforts through a variety of pathways. These have evolved over time with varying groups of students, but include the Green Residence program, Living Planet @ Campus, a variety of student groups, training and integration into Orientation Week, the SDG Student Hub, and opportunities to serve on University advisory committees. 

In addition, WUSA has launched the Sustainability Commissioner position and engaged activity through the WUSA Sustainability Project.

Objective E4:

By 2025, increase from 5% to 25% the proportion of university departments that are Green Office certified

Progress: Mostly complete

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Description: Interest and activity within the Green Office program remained strong throughout 2020 and 2021, despite the pandemic. Several departments withdrew from the program due to the challenging circumstances, but overall there was an increase in the number of departments achieving designations.

And more employees completed the Sustainability Certificate to both train Green Office ambassadors and for general interest among employees, with over 400 registered or completed.

Objective E5:

By 2020, Waterloo is recognized as a sustainability leader in Waterloo Region

Progress: Completed

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Description: Waterloo is actively immersed in local sustainability partnerships, networks, events, and collaborations. New collaborations are strengthening this position, and the University has been recognized with four community awards since 2016.