About the Office
The Wilfrid Laurier University Sustainability Office officially opened January 2010 with the hiring of a Sustainability Coordinator. The office and position came about because of hard working students. Their work led to the passing of a referendum question at the 2009 WLU Students Union election.
Sustainability is a universal phenomenon of economic, ecological, and social importance and Laurier's Sustainability Office is committed to environmental awareness and action on campus and beyond. Through engagement, projects, and programming, the goal of the office is to create a culture where sustainability is integrated into daily operations. The Office coordinates sustainable practices within construction, conservation, energy, food, procurement, transportation, waste, and water through education, operations, and community partnerships.
Laurier is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an association of colleges and universities that works to improve sustainability on North American campuses. On a local level, Laurier is a supporter and regional carbon initiative member of Sustainable Waterloo Region, a not-for-profit that provides greenhouse gas reduction tools for organizations.
Laurier's Sustainable Campuses Committee (SCC) is a multi-campus committee that is made up of of students, staff and faculty from Laurier and works directly with the Sustainability Coordinator to increase awareness and understanding of on-campus sustainability challenges and opportunities