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You have a lot of questions and we have a lot of answers. Take a look through our FAQs and if you can’t find an answer to something you are looking for, please contact us.

Q: What is uOttawa’s definition of sustainability?

Q: What is the uOttawa’s definition of sustainability? 

A: The University of Ottawa accepts the World Commission on Environment and Development, 1997 definition which states “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
Sustainability is a process that integrates environmental, social and economic considerations into decision making with the goal of creating a prosperous, just, and healthy society. Its focus is on improving the quality of life for all citizens without increasing the use of natural resources beyond the capacity of the environment to supply them indefinitely.

Q: Do the things you do actually make an impact?

Q: Do the things you do actually make an impact?

A: Of course. Every gesture, no matter how small makes an impact. Here at the Office of Campus Sustainability, we measure the impacts of every project we embark upon. We publish the impacts of our programs in various reports yearly and create an annual report at the end of each year for the overall impacts of our programs.  

Q - How come I can’t recycle the same things in residence as I can on campus?

Q: How come I can’t recycle the same things in residence as I can on campus?

A: The residences at the University of Ottawa are an auto-financed group, which means they have to pay for any and all of their services. The recycling company that they use is not the same as the University of Ottawa’s and so there are some incongruities in the system. For the most part, the recycling systems are fairly harmonized. 

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Q: How can I stay updated with the green events and community on campus?

Q: How can I stay updated with the green events and community on campus?

A: You can do this in multiple ways. The first is to sign up for our monthly newsletter, you can also follow us on social media for more updates. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @uOttawaSustain

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