Sustainability is a universal phenomenon of economic, ecological and social importance and Laurier's Sustainability Office is committed to advancing awareness and action on campus and beyond. Through projects that span operations, education and community partnerships, the goal of the office is to create a culture where sustainability is embedded into university life.
Laurier’s Sustainability Action Plan outlines this journey through an overall greenhouse gas reduction target of 15% over 5 years. This plan has allowed us to become a proud pledging partner though Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Carbon Initiative.
Our Sustainable Campuses Committee is a multi-campus committee that is made up of students, staff and faculty from Laurier that works directly with the Sustainability Office to increase awareness and understanding of on-campus sustainability challenges and opportunities.
The Sustainability Council is a first-year program for students who wish to become involved in campus sustainability issues, focusing primarily on residence life. Key events include the annual residence energy competition and end-of-year move-out program.
The Sustainable Hawk Fund leverages Laurier's entrepreneurial and community spirit to integrate sustainability practices into all aspects of student life at Laurier. Every year, our Sustainability Office dedicates up to $20,000 of funding and expert supervision for students who would like to implement sustainability projects at Laurier.
The EcoHawks are an undergraduate group that works to raise awareness of environmental issues, encourage the development of environmentally friendly living habits of students, and work towards limiting our campuses’ ecological foot print.
Created for Geography and Environmental Studies students, the Geo-Enviro Studies Residence Learning Community provides students who are interested in the natural world with a chance to live and interact with like-minded peers in the same residence area.
The Laurier Farm Market, which runs Wednesdays throughout the fall and winter terms, has a variety of produce for sale, as well as ready-made snacks. The market is run by the Laurier Food Bank, a student-run campus club that is supported by the Sustainability Office and Food Services.
Young City Growers is a grassroots initiative focused on creating urban agriculture opportunities for youth in the Waterloo Region. In addition to sustainable food systems programs for university students and youth, Young City Growers provides the Laurier community with weekly bushels of veggies and herbs through their community shared agriculture program.
On the Waterloo campus, Laurier hosts urban garden plots for those interesting in renting space to garden. This Northdale garden space is run by Patchwork Community Gardens and KW Urban Harvesters.
Mino-Kummik — the Ojibwa word for good, bountiful earth — is a vegetable and fruit garden, ceremony space, and seating area on the Waterloo campus. It also has a 2,350-litre rain-harvesting cistern and rain garden. The garden is open for class instruction, campus group meetings or study space.
The Brantford Aboriginal Medicine Garden provides garden space where traditional, medicinal plants are grown. The garden provides many opportunities for learning through curriculum, workshops, and hand-on cultivating.
Laurier services a comprehensive waste-management program for organics, commingled recycling, e-waste, batteries, fluorescents, furniture and materials, and even cell phones!
Laurier is host to one of many CAB Bikeshare stations across the region, providing affordable access to bicycles as alternative transportation to students, staff, faculty and community members.
Laurier Brantford and Waterloo have secured bike storage areas, located at Grand River Hall and adjacent to MacHouse. Both campuses also have a bike repair station.
Carshares offer access to vehicles without the cost, hassle or pollution of owning your own. Community Carshare vehicle stations may be found in high-profile areas across the community and on campus. Student Carshare has cars available across many Canadian campuses, including Laurier.
Laurier offers a number of courses and programs that focus on sustainability concepts and practices, including:
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