The University of Waterloo understands the importance of climate change. Academically, we are rising to the challenge of finding solutions to the most pressing sustainability issue facing our society. Our Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Master of Climate Change are just some examples of the research and curriculum on campus.
We recognize that our own activities in the classroom and in the lab contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The University joined the local Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) in 2012, with an intent to set a carbon reduction target over the coming years. The RCI is a program of Sustainable Waterloo Region that works with organizations in Waterloo Region to provide tools and a framework for reducing emissions. Managing the campus' energy use, waste, water, and transportation will all help improve the University's carbon footprint.
The University also supported the David Johnston Research and Technology Park in joining the RCI at the end of 2014. Tenants within the Park are working collaboratively to measure their carbon footprint and set a joint target. This would become the first research park in Canada to set a carbon reduction target.