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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
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STARS v2.1

University of Waterloo
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Collaborative Water Program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Waterloo's Collaborative Water Program is an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on encouraging students to push the boundaries of their research and discover innovative ways to tackle global water challenges. Students complete their specialist training in a home department, and also work with students from across disciplines on two interdisciplinary courses that include theoretical and practical content, fieldwork, interdisciplinary group work, and research seminars. Home programs across campus which participate in the Collaborative Water Program at the graduate or PhD level include Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economics, Geography, Environment and Resource Studies, Sustainability Management, Applied Mathematics, Public Health and Applied Health Systems, Biology, Social and Ecological Sustainability, and Earth Sciences.
Over 240 students have been engaged in the first six cohorts of the program, from across all six faculties at Waterloo, and enrollment has approximately doubled between 2013/14 to 2018/19.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Research
Water

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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