Waste and Water Data

Objective O3:

By 2025, achieve a 60% diversion rate; by 2035, become a zero-waste campus (90% diversion rate)

Progress: Started

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Description: Waterloo recalculated its diversion rate in 2018 to reflect better methodology for yard waste and scrap wood. This lowered the overall diversion rate for all years.

Waterloo’s diversion rate was improving prior to the pandemic, as the campus initiated new programs and services to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste. While 2020 created significant disruption, resumption of activities should continue this trend.


Objective O4:

By 2025, reduce water intensity by 5% per square metre from a 2015 baseline

Progress: Completed

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Description: Waterloo has seen a small decrease in water use per square metre of building space through 2019. This is in contrast to numbers previously reported in 2017 and 2018. There were several corrections pending to Waterloo’s data sets that needed to be updated and reflect a slight improvement overall in water intensity. Because of the pandemic, there was a very significant drop in water intensity in 2020, far exceeding the campus target, but it is unlikely to last.


Objective O5:

By 2025, expand the deployment of stormwater management technologies to targeted areas

Progress: Mostly complete

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Description: Waterloo has several stormwater features on South Campus, North Campus, and North-West campus.