Sustainable Campus Initiative

Sustainable Campus Initiative (previously named the uWaterloo Sustainability Project) is a Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) service that is run by dedicated student volunteers. It provides many environmental services to the University of Waterloo campus and its surrounding community.

Fresh vegetables on a table

SCI Week (2019)

Come and join us at our annual SCI Week from July 8-12. Events will be running across campus to educate and empower students and campus to live and thrive in more sustainable lifestyles. You will be able to learn more about sustainable practices, participate in sustainable activities hands-on and network with campus resources, activists, and professionals. Plus, there are fun activities, free food and prizes prepared for you throughout the week! Keep up to date on all the festivities through our social media or sign up for our mailing list. Be sure to come and have a great time!

About Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI)

Sustainable Campus Initiative's primary activities involve education and advocacy that help bring about positive behavioural and social changes in the community. SCI provides volunteer opportunities to over 200 students every term with projects such as workshops, rallies, social events, performances, fundraisers, and infrastructure and operational improvements. It also provides environmental consulting services to students and various organizations at the University of Waterloo and in Waterloo Region. 

Planning an event? SCI can help you make it more eco-friendly! Fill out our Sustainable Purchasing (SUSPUR) application form now: SCI Application Form  External Link!


The purpose of SCI is to:

  1. To address and increase awareness of environmental issues on campus;
  2. To act as a liaison with all organizations that are concerned about the environment, and to assist and participate as appropriate; and
  3. To encourage and support the formation of student chapters of professional environmental organizations. 


Our values represent the philosophy and beliefs behind SCI organization, guiding all of our decisions and actions.

  • Our People – We attract, develop, and retain enthusiastic and passionate students in order to help them realize their full potential.
  • A Learning Community - We provide an open, honest, diverse, and safe environment that promotes learning through unique first-hand experiences.
  • Excellence & Integrity - We put our best foot forward in all that we do, while being ethically responsible and honest. We inspire trust by saying what we mean, matching our behaviours to our words and taking responsibility for our actions.
  • Financial Responsibility - We ensure proper and responsible management of our funding sources and spend with care and due diligence.

SCI lives up to these expectations through four Working Groups that focus on different facets of sustainability on the uWaterloo Campus and in the surrounding community.

Mailing List

If you would like to sign up for our mailing list, please fill out this Sustainable Campus Initiative Mailing List Form  External Link.


Sustainable Purchasing (SUSPUR)
Sustainable purchasing (SUSPUR) gives the opportunity to those who are interested in purchasing sustainable materials for their events. SUSPUR can offer advice, connect clubs/working groups with local or sustainable suppliers and can order compostable cups, plates, utensils and napkins.

SUSPUR Application Form External Link

Whiteboard Sign-out Form External Link


Fairtrade Campus Designation
SCI is working with Engineers without Borders UW chapter to achieve a Fairtrade Campus Designation for the University of Waterloo. Designation would include meeting certain requirements of having Fairtrade certified goods available on campus, a steering committee, and holding events. The Fairtrade team plans several events throughout the year and continues working on the logistics of achieving the Designation.


UW Campus Compost
Campus Compost is a student run initiative serving the University of Waterloo. Currently there are compost bins located throughout the Environment and Arts Buildings. Please use them and show that there is a demand for composting on campus. If you are looking to rent a composting bin for your upcoming event, please contact us at the email below.


Sustainable Fashion Project
Currently, SCI is organizing a second-hand clothing sale for Fall 2017. Volunteers are needed to help organize and run the event as well as assist in operations for the management of the donated clothing. SCI has formally proposed a second-hand clothing store for approval.


Interested in leading your own project, or have a great idea to share with our team? Send us an email and we will talk!



SCI Talks (Termly)
SCI Talks is a mini speaker-series/discussion night event held multiple times within each term. Students and professionals are brought in from the University of Waterloo as well as from the KW community to speak and interact with attendees. SCI Talks are a great way to network, learn about local sustainability based businesses, projects, or sectors, and of course enjoy delicious, sustainable refreshments. Look out for our facebook event each term to find out who will be speaking!


An annual environment fair where groups, organizations, and businesses from the KW community as well as from on campus come to showcase what their all about and how you can get involved. In addition, participate in fun games and activities, enjoy some free food, enter to win awesome sustainable prizes, and listen to fellow students pitch their sustainability ideas!


Earth Hour (Winter)
SCI hosts a local Earth Hour event in the SLC where lights in the building are shut off for one hour in order to raise awareness for climate change. The event is part of the international Earth Hour, created by the WWF. The event runs throughout the evening with lots of activities, workshops, food, and good times!


Sustainability Week (Spring)
This event consists of several days of activities raising awareness around main sustainability issues like proper waste management, water quality, and sustainable food. Activities may include awareness campaigns, games, vendors, a bonfire, special speakers, and food!



Student Life Centre
Room 2104

200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1


Monday 11:30am-1:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 6:00pm-6:30pm
Tuesday 10.00am-1:30pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 10:00am-11:30am, 12:30pm-2:00pm, 3:30pm-6:30pm
Thursday 10:00am-1:30pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Friday 12:30pm-2:00pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Weekends Closed
Holidays Closed