Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.92
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Waterloo
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Sustainability Office operates Twitter, Instagram pages to share information on sustainable living and learning, including sustainability tips, resources, initiatives, stories, and more (handle: @uwsustainable). The Sustainability Office also launched a monthly newsletter in January 2021 to share sustainability news/announcements, campus highlights, upcoming workshops/events and interesting resources.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Food Services has signage placed at all locations that serve coffee and tea to promote Fair Trade options and provide information on the labour, community, and environmental benefits of Fair Trade certified products.
The Arts & Environment Gardens display signage about the natural landscaping features of the site. The Ecology Lab naturalized gardens and constructed wetland also identify native species in signage. (https://uwaterloo.ca/ecology-lab/naturalized-gardens)

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Sustainability Guide provides tips and resources for integrating sustainability across a number of thematic areas, including energy, water, waste, transportation, food, and purchasing, both on campus and at home. (https://uwaterloo.ca/sustainability/guide)

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

Waterloo’s annual Environmental Sustainability Report provides a regular update on the University's core sustainability indicators and includes case studies of progress. The report is prepared by the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability and it available in digital (online and PDF) or print versions. Interactive details and data are also available on the reporting website. (https://uwaterloo.ca/sustainability-report/)
A guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation: There are resources available through the Green Office program and that are included in new employee orientation manuals. Up-to-date information on current programs and services is available on the sustainability webpage (https://uwaterloo.ca/sustainability/projects-and-initiatives/transportation), including relevant information for staff, students, and faculty on commuting choices to the campus.
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, intermodal connections, policies, services, and safety): Waterloo has information on walking and cycling services included in information communicated through the Green Office program, as well as in employee orientation. In addition, Waterloo’s website hosts information on central tools for secure bike parking, and the gotravelwise.ca platform, which allows students or employees to select different modes of getting to campus and calculate routes, cost, and environmental impact.

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