[Image] SUSTAINABILITY ON THE UW CAMPUS [Image] Sustainability is meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of the future, according to the Brundtland Commission. By attaining the goal of sustainability on the University of Waterloo campus will contribute to the overall health of the biosphere. The Characteristics of a Sustainable Campus CATEGORIES CHARACTERISTICS REASONS -minimize single occupant vehicles (car pooling program) -minimize parking lots and increase parking fees -to save on land, air and (incentive to use public water pollution transit, bikes) Transportation -cars are a main source of -better access to campus by carbon dioxide emissions public transit contributing to greenhouse effect -more bike paths -better path and road snow removal (for cycling in the winter) -white bike system -general curriculum changes to include environmental -to teach all students and sustainability issues about the importance of sustainability -better access to computing Education facilities -less paper use with more access to internet -lab operations: substitutes for toxins (use -reduce toxins in waste micro scale) stream -eliminate all disposable products (dishes, cutlery, -to reduce solid waste cups, etc.) going to landfills -composting should be -composting will provide Food Services expanded to all campus food nutrients to soils facilities -provide better customer -extra food should go to service and provide for soup kitchens needs of community -solar and wind energy could be used -existing structures: more windows on south sides of -reduce demand for Energy buildings, better non-renewable energy insulation sources -occupant sensitive lighting -low flow toilets and other changes to lessen water use in existing technologies -lower water use -incentives for reducing Water water use -maintain fresh source of water for future -natural purifying systems generations (the living system- using plants and bacteria) -naturalize lawns in areas where safety would not be a concern -larger buffer zone for -low turf maintenance and Laurel Creek less pesticide use Physical: Landscape and -buildings should be -maintain existing natural Buildings expanded upward and not areas and increase outward biodiversity -composting should be expanded to include food waste facilities How do we know when the Campus is Sustainable? We know the campus is sustainable when we have reached the following goals: there is no waste going to landfill sites the campus is off the energy gridlock there is a balance between the social environment, the economic environment and the natural environment leading to a more healthy community there is a measurable diversity of native plants and animals there are no parking lots or roads on campus when students and staff participate in initiatives How would a sustainable UW be different? Presently the University of Waterloo is an open loop system with huge amounts of raw materials being consumed and large amounts of waste being produced. A sustainable campus would consist of a closed loop waste recycling system that would reduce or eliminate waste leaving the campus and use sources of renewable energy. A sustainable University campus is one where students and faculty work together to ensure sustainable practices are implemented on campus. In addition, the entire University of Waterloo community is aware of the responsibilities to maintain a sustainable community.