uOttawa students learning to sew

Activities and initiatives

Come participate in some of the sustainability related events on campus.

There are many ways that you can take action on creating a greener and more equitable campus. Take a look at the list of sustainability events on campus.

To access all the events related to the environment and sustainability in uoCal, a special filter has been added under themes. If an environmental event is available, click on the theme environment to view it.

Here are a few of our biggest events:

People biking to work on campus

Bike to work month – May

Bike to Work Month is an opportunity for campus community members to bike to campus and show their support for sustainable transportation alternatives. This event is part of a greater initiative by the Ottawa EnviroCentre to promote cycling in the city.

Empty plastic bottle of water

Bottled water free campus

In 2010, the University of Ottawa became a bottled water free campus. We don’t sell bottled water on campus and bottled water is not served at our events.

Potted herbs and plants ready to be transplanted in campus community garden beds

Community gardens

There are over 50 community garden plots available on campus. Learn more about how you can get a hold of one.

A person attending the Dump and Run with a pile of donations behind them

Dump and Run

The Dump and Run is an activity designed to ensure that students moving out of residences don't send their stuff to landfill.

uOttawa Free Store

uOttawa Free Store

The Free Store is your one-stop shop that allows you to drop off stuff you don’t want anymore and pick-up things you do want for FREE.

A person holding two mugs in each hand

Muggy Mondays

Muggy Mondays promotes waste reduction and environmental sustainability! We offer FREE fair trade coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to anyone who brings a reusable mug!

A person with their hand on their chest overlooking a flag with the recycle symbol

RecycleMania – February to April

RecycleMania is a friendly competition between colleges and universities to encourage and inform their campus communities on how to recycle, reduce waste, and rethink consumption habits.

Earth Hour 60+

Earth Hour

Help reduce our carbon footprint on campus by doing something for Earth Hour.

Local organic vegetables from a farm box on campus

Organic farmer’s box

Get your basket of organic produce delivered to the campus.

The United Nations SDG symbol of a wheel broken into 17 parts

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

There’s never been a better time to come together to create your own impact in the world! Help build a better tomorrow by sharing your ideas and actions towards a sustainable future for our uOttawa campus, community and beyond!