Students walking, bus driving and car in front of EV3


  • 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