Living Planet @ Campus

WWF-Canada's Living Planet @ Campus
 

We've partnered with WWF Canada, our country's largest international conservation organization, to help to create a world where nature and people thrive.

Through our Living Planet @ Campus partnership, we're creating meaningful opportunities for University of Guelph students to take action on the dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. 

Opportunities include self-guided activities like the WWF Canada Living Planet Leader certification and group challenges such as the Designing Change for a Living Planet competition

 

Living Planet Leader Leader Certification

The Living Planet Leader Leader certification is a self-guided designation that any University of Guelph student can complete. Students have from the first day of their post-secondary program until three months after graduating from their degree to complete and submit WWF Canada's requirements. 
 

To earn the certification, you must complete actions in the following categories:

  • Campus, community or global volunteerism
  • Personal application of sustainability
  • Application of sustainability in academics
  • Leadership and teamwork
     

After completing the Living Planet Leader requirements, students will obtain a WWF-Canada certification, a custom WWF Canada badge to use on their LinkedIn profile and resume, and be listed on the Living Planet @ Campus Leaders website.
 

Go Wild School Grants

In 2019, the Guelph Campus Conservation Program was awarded a Go Wild School Grant through WWF Canada to plant the initial phase of the South Residence Native Pollinator Garden. 

This funding was used to purchase native plants from Origin Native Plants, a native plant nursery located in Guelph, Ontario.
 

In 2020, the Guelph Campus Conservation Program was awarded a second Go Wild School Grant by WWF Canada to expand the South Residence Native Pollinator Garden and create educational signage for the site.

This funding was used to purchase native plants from Origin Native Plants, a native plant nursery located in Guelph, Ontario and print signage for the garden.

You can learn more about this project by visiting the Guelph Campus Conservation Program page.

 

In 2020, Living Glass Labs was awarded a Go Wild School Grant by WWF Canada to develop their Conservation through Propagation project, which will provide Canadian schools with educational tools and opportunities to learn about endangered plant species.

You can learn more about this project by visiting Living Glass' Conservation through Propagation website page.
 

Designing Change for a Living Planet Competition 

Every year, WWF Canada invites over 100 post-secondary students from across the country to represent their campus and compete in the Designing Change for a Living Planet competition. 

Post-secondary students are challenged with designing and pitching innovative solutions that will inspire action and lead change.

You can learn more about past Designing Change competitions on WWF Canada's website or by reading about our past campus teams below.


On Saturday, March 16, 2019, four students representing the University of Guelph attended WWF Canada's Designing Change for a Living Planet Competition. 

The University of Guelph team was challenged to create an innovative solution to single-use plastics in Canada. Our students proposed a single-use plastic bottle return program to streamline plastic bottle recycling and work to prevent litter, especially in coastal communities. 

This idea awarded the University of Guelph team with a 2nd place position in the competition. 
 

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, four University of Guelph students attended WWF's virtual Designing Change for a Living Planet Competition. 

Our University of Guelph students competed alongside 27 other Canadian universities to develop an innovative solution to a local sustainability issue. 

Our campus team proposed a beet-based sustainable salt alternative to reduce road salt usage on campus. This solution would ultimately reduce and prevent salt pollution, which damages not only your cars and your boots but also our waterways and soils.

This idea was well-received by the judges and was brought back to campus as a proposed idea that could be implemented this upcoming winter.

 

link to the student blog website
Meet our WWF Canada Living Planet Leaders
link to the Waste Wizard web app
Become a WWF Canada Living Planet Leader
link to the get involved page
Apply for a WWF Canada Go Wild Grant
link to the campus resource recovery webpage
Read the WWF Canada Living-Planet-Report (2020)