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Welcome to Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, the central hub for sustainability information, resources, and services around campus. Sustainable development is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. From climate change to garbage dumps, from deforestation to water contamination, from urban sprawl to resource depletion, the environment faces a long list of problems.

The University of Waterloo is committed to leaving a positive impact on the environment. As one of the largest institutions in Waterloo Region, the University's actions matter locally and globally. Through environmental education, innovative research, community engagement, and operational sustainability, Waterloo is making a difference. We invite you to join us.


  1. Jan. 20, 2022Sustainability Action Fund Winter 2022 Deadline Approaches!
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  2. Jan. 10, 2022Waterloo Launches Fleet EV Incentive
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    Does your department have a campus vehicle in need of replacement? Have you considered exploring an electric option?

    Waterloo is launching a new incentive for departments to electrify fleet vehicles. Any unit replacing a conventional combustion engine vehicle can receive a $10,000 internal incentive to convert to an electric vehicle (EV).

  3. Nov. 17, 2021Waterloo Releases 2021 Sustainability Report
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    This article originally appeared in the Daily Bulletin.

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  1. Dec. 17, 2021Sustainable Holiday: Self-Care and Gift Guide
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    Sustainable Holiday: Self-Care and Gift Gude

  2. Nov. 26, 2021Sustainable Gifting
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    The holiday season is a time when gifts are exchanged by many people. However, with this tradition comes a lot of waste! Shipping gifts, wrapping paper waste, packaging, and even those undesired gifts that we all inevitably get use resources, create emissions, and accumulate in landfills.

    One way to reduce the environmental impact of exchanging gifts is to give memorable experiences instead of physical objects. Ideas include:

  3. Oct. 28, 2021WAT's Sustainable Episode 12: WAT is Sustainable Development? with Jahanvi Desai
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    WAT's Sustainable, Waterloo? Welcome to the official Sustainability's Office's official podcast: WAT's Sustainable? 

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Sustainability Office News

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Sustainability Report

Learn about our actions and progress in our annual Environmental Sustainability Report

Sustainability Report 2021


Sustainability Guide 

The Sustainability Guide provides easy tips and resources to live, work, and study more sustainably at Waterloo and beyond. 

Sustainability Guide front page


Sustainability Strategy

Read our Environmental Sustainability Strategy to learn more about Waterloo's commitment to become a leader in sustainability education and research, operate the campus sustainably, and embed sustainability into campus culture.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy cover


Shift: Neutral

Learn more about Waterloo's roadmap to carbon neutrality in our Shift: Neutral climate action plan.

 Neutral climate action plan cover page