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 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.


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  • Increase the proportion of sustainable commuting trips to 90% from 2016 baseline of 85% by 2025

  • Increase electric and alternative-fuel vehicle use on campus by 2020

  • Reduce fossil fuel consumption across the campus fleet by 25% from 2015 baseline by 2025

Supporting SDGs

SDG 11 - sustainable cities and communities SDG 12 - responsible consumption and production SDG 13 - climate action

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Did you know that transportation accounts for nearly 50% of all greenhouse gas emissions in Waterloo Region? The University of Waterloo is committed to providing programs, services, and resources to help you integrate active and sustainable travel into your weekly commuting. It's a great way to save money, improve local air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier lifestyle! 

Use the tools below to help you with a low-impact commute:

GoTravelWise  |  Public transit  |  Cycling and walking  |  Carpooling  |  Emergency Ride Home  |  CarSharing  |  Electric vehicles


UWaterloo has partnered with the TravelWise program to access the website and associated network. Here, you can:

  • See your options: How much does your commute cost you by car, bike, or bus? How much carbon do you produce? How many calories could you burn? How long will it take? Search your trip to UWaterloo and find all that and more!
  • Search for carpools: Want to find the perfect carpool match? Plug in your info and see who is out there waiting. (More information under Carpooling.) 
  • Track your trips: Log your trips to win quarterly prizes, keep tabs on your progress and impacts, and help UWaterloo better understand employee commuting.

Staff, faculty, and students can join the University of Waterloo private user group by signing up with their or email. Visit the links below to register:

Public transit

UWaterloo is located along many major transit routes and the upcoming ION rapid transit corridor, making the bus a simple and cost-effective way of getting to campus.

    Cycling and walking

    UWaterloo South Campus is located along the Laurel Trail, and is in a great location for many cycling and walking routes. South Campus is filled with pedestrian-friendly walkways, with traffic mostly limited to services vehicles and those using accessible parking spots.


      Sharing the ride is one of the easiest ways to save money on gas and parking, and cut your environmental impact at least in half!

      Emergency Ride Home

      Sometimes the unexpected happens, and sustainable commuting options are not always as flexible as driving. Don't worry, you're covered.

      Staff and faculty who walk, cycle, take transit, or carpool are eligible for the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program through TravelWise and the Region of Waterloo. Individual employees may be reimbursed up to $75 per trip, for a maximum of 4 trips per calendar year.

      There is no pre-registration required. Just grab a receipt from your cab driver to submit a claim. The Region of Waterloo reserves the right to inquire about the nature of your emergency. Employees abusing the ERH will lose further privileges. Check out the Emergency Ride Home (pdf) form to learn what is covered and how to make a claim.

      The ERH is not available for undergraduate or graduate students at this time.


      Electric vehicles 

      Waterloo supports electric vehicle use on campus, and it committed to increasing the proportion of electric or alternative-fuel trips to campus by 2020.

      Three new EV charging stations have been installed next to Engineering 6 by the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). These units are free of charge as long as you display a valid parking permit. The chargers include:

      • Tesla charger
      • Level 2 charger
      • Level 3 rapid-charger

      You can check station availability and the charging progress on your vehicle through a smartphone app from the station vendor. For more information on the charging stations, visit Parking Services' EV Charging Policy