|Submission Date||Nov. 6, 2018|
|1.75 / 2.00||
Sustainable Campus Initiative - Its primary activities involve education and advocacy that help bring about positive behavioral 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 (taken from: http://www.feds.ca/sustainability/).
UW Campus Market Garden – Their mission is to improve students’ access to local, sustainably, and ethically-grown food, as well as raise awareness about local, sustainable food systems. Student volunteers grow the produce in a campus garden and sell it to students on campus every week during the growing season
ES Coffee Shop - The Environmental Studies Coffee Shop is a student run coffee shop operated in EV1-138. The Coffee Shop is dedicated to offering premium quality coffee and foods from local shops while maintaining high environmental standards. Their coffee is Fair Trade certified, and is roasted locally in the KW area. The Coffee Shop is operated by volunteers, and managed by two UW students
Sustainability Action Fund - The Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) supports projects and initiatives that improve sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Project funds are distributed based on a call for applications, with successful applications determined by the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (PACES). Any student, staff, or faculty is able to apply to the fund.
The Ecology Lab provides opportunities to engage with the University of Waterloo community, prospective students, local schools, and even internationally through our established outreach programs. Whether it is an enrichment program or workshop for a couple of hours, or a day-long competitive event, they offer field and lab activities designed for the students. In addition, Sustainable Campus initiative often hosts workshops on various sustainability skills, and the Sustainability Office has integrated a session into the Maximize Potential leadership program for residence students.
Waterloo’s Sustainability Office regularly hires a co-op student to assist in the coordination of events, campaigns, research projects, and program implementation. In addition, Sustainable Campus Initiative offers an honorarium for executive positions.
Multiple design teams on campus including:
1) Midnight Sun Solar Team - Founded in 1988, the Midnight Sun Team arose with the concept of a solar powered bike. Named after the natural phenomenon in the Arctic, the Midnight Sun is when the sun remains visible for 24 hours a day during the summer – the ideal situation for sustainable solar power. Now, as the largest student run project on campus, we have moved on from bikes to designing and producing world-class solar race cars for competitions around the globe. With a team of almost all University of Waterloo undergraduates and funding from our sponsors, we have managed to build and race 10 solar race cars (taken from http://www.uwmidsun.com/)
2) UW Alternative Fuels Team – Formed in 1996 with a focus on technology changes in vehicles to make them more environmentally friendly, including conversions for electric vehicles. http://ecocar3.org/waterloo/about-us/
3) Warrior House – Formed in 2018, this student design team is focused on working with local partners do design home concepts that are affordable and meet net-zero-energy requirements. They have worked collaboratively with Habitat for Humanity KW in the past. https://uwaterloo.ca/architectural-engineering/current-undergraduate-students/student-teams
Many of the above initiatives, student groups, clubs, and societies are available online on the Sustainability Website: https://uwaterloo.ca/sustainability/get-involved/student-groups
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