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Resources for first-year students: Find out how you can go green!

How to Get Involved in Sustainability

Residence Organics Program

  • Who: First-Year Sustainability Council
  • When: September–April
  • Where: Waterloo campus

Residence Move Out Program

  • Who: First-Year Sustainability Council/Sustainability Office
  • When: April
  • Where: Waterloo/Brantford campus

First-Year Sustainability Council

  • Who: First-year residence representatives from all Laurier residences, including LOCUS
  • How: Applications due September of each year
  • Where: Waterloo campus


  • Who: All students at Laurier
  • How: Volunteer application
  • Where: Waterloo/Brantford campus

Food Bank's Farmer's Market

  • Who: All students at Laurier
  • How: Volunteer Application
  • Where: Waterloo campus

Mino Kummik Aboriginal Student Garden

  • Who: Aboriginal Student Centre
  • How: Email mireland@wlu.ca
  • Where: Waterloo campus

Young City Growers

  • Who: Urban youth in Waterloo Region
  • What: Community shared agriculture garden
  • How: Email youngcitygrowers@gmail.com
  • Where: Waterloo campus

Sustainability in Academics

Note: Not every program/course is offered at every campus, or offered every year. Check LORIS for a list of available courses by semester.

Sustainability Programs

Sustainability-Focused First-Year Courses

These courses are entirely dedicated to the concept of sustainability, including its cultural, economic, environmental and social dimensions. Alternatively, sustainability-focused courses may examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.

  • UU101: Perspectives on Sustainability (Interdisciplinary)
  • ES101: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ES102: Environmental Problems and Approaches

Sustainability-Related First-Year Courses

These courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue given that the principle or issue being discussed is connected to the larger concept of sustainability including its cultural, economic, environmental and social dimensions.

  • CL101: The Greek World
  • CL102: Roman Civilization
  • EN107: Literature and Catastrophe
  • EN108: Literature and the Environment
  • EY101: Environment and Society: A Historical Perspective
  • GG102: Intro to Human Geography
  • HR100: Human Rights and Human Diversity
  • HR163: Introduction to International Development
  • ID/CT120: Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • CT100: Current Issues in Global Context
  • SK121: Introduction to Social Work: Values, Ethics and Practice
  • BU111: Introduction to Business Organization
  • BU121: Functional Areas of the Organization
  • BI111: Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • BI119: Introduction to Functional Biology
  • CH110: Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • UU150: Foundations for Community Engagement and Service