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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

Provides information about sustainability at UW such as events, opportunities to get involved, as well as information about sustainability projects and initiatives, research, programs, operations, etc.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

Facebook ,Twitter, Instagram pages help promote sustainability events, news, facts, etc. both from UW and the community/world – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram handles: @uwsustainable


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :
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The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Food Services has information placed at all locations which serve coffee and tea that promote fair trade options and provides information on the labour, community, and environmental benefits of fair trade certified products.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

Arts & Environment Gardens display signage about natural landscaping features of the site, and the Ecology Lab gardens and Constructed Wetland identify native species in signage


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Waterloo’s main campus map has integrated sustainability layers for waste drop-off points, cycling assets, water bottle refill stations, transit routes and services, and more.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the 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


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

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.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and 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.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Waterloo’s annual Environmental Sustainability report provides a regular update to the University's core sustainability indicators, and includes case studies of progress. Prepared by the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability. It is available in digital (online and pdf) or print versions.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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