Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.51
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Waterloo
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

The University of Waterloo is a member of the Ontario College and University Sustainability Professionals (OCUSP)


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

The University of Waterloo hosted a conference of all Ontario university procurement departments in Spring 2018. The Sustainability Office presented a case study of Waterloo’s current approach and progress towards integrating sustainable procurement across campus, how it was partnering with departments to encourage product purchasing for sustainable paper and electronic equipment, and the broad context of sustainability and how it relates to procurement.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):
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Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Waterloo’s Sustainability Manager has served for two years (2016/17-2017/18) as the Director of Communications for the Ontario College and University Sustainability Professionals. The Sustainability Manager has also served as the Chair of the City of Waterloo’s Sustainability Advisory Committee for 2017-2018. In addition, Waterloo has multiple faculty members who serve on the boards of directors for Sustainable Waterloo Region and Reep Green Solutions, two local environmental non-profits who focus on business and residential sustainability, respectively


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Living Planet on Campus: Waterloo partnered with several post-secondary institutions and WWF Canada to support the pilot and launch of the WWF Canada Living Planet on Campus program. This innovative program works to provide students with more opportunities to be involved in sustainability on campus and in the community, and for professional skill building related to sustainability. As part of the pilot, Waterloo facilitated a student team to attend the first WWF-Canada inter-campus hackathon, “Designing Change for a Living Planet”, in early 2018. For more on Living Planet on Campus, visit: https://campus.wwf.ca/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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