Sustainability Certificate

Aerial view of main campus in fall


The Sustainability Office is excited to offer a free Sustainability Certificate for employees at Waterloo. With support from Organizational and Human Development (OHD), the certificate builds upon the goals in Waterloo's Environmental Sustainability Strategy of embedding sustainability actions into campus culture. It recognizes that all employees have an important role to play in building a sustainable campus.


In March 2022, the Sustainability Office launched a new, condensed version of the certificate tailored to departments. The departmental offering allows teams to build sustainability skills together and explore tailored opportunities for their departments.

At the end of the certificate, employees and departments will:

  • Have a basic understanding of key local and global sustainability issues, as well as efforts underway to address them
  • Become familiar with the University’s sustainability objectives, contributions to global challenges, and connections to the Strategic Plan
  • Understand tools and resources to integrate sustainability into everyday actions on campus and at home
  • Identify the relevance of sustainability for their home department


To receive the certificate, an employee must:

  • Complete two sessions of Sustainability Fundamentals
    • Part 1: Sustainability Issues
    • Part 2: Waterloo & You
  • Complete the final quiz and reflection after the final session


The new Sustainability Certificate is primarily delivered through departmental offerings. We are happy to tailor each offering to suit your department's needs. Each session is 1.5 hours (3 hours total) and requires a minimum of 10 employees.

If you are interested in taking the Sustainability Certificate with your department, reach out to

Employee learning records will be updated on Workday upon completion of the final module.

Session descriptions

Part 1: Sustainability Issues