We are a student-run organization based at the University of Waterloo. Everyone in the UW and city-wide community is welcome to apply for membership with WPIRG. Our free events, resources, skills training, and supportive community are open to everyone. Our staff support us in fostering an environment where we can research and take action on issues most relevant to us.
The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group was founded in 1973 with the mission of fostering and supporting UW students and others to research, educate, and take action on environmental and social justice issues while:
- Motivating community participation and responsibility by encouraging members and others to be concerned, informed, and active in their community.
- Recognizing the interconnectedness, and pursuing an integrative analysis, of social justice and environmental issues.
- Respecting and encouraging local and global ecosystem integrity.
- Encouraging diversity and social equality for all people by opposing all forms of oppression such as those based on gender, “race”, class, sexual orientation, age, cultural heritage/ethnicity, religion, gender orientation, ability and physical appearance.
- Working in a cooperative and non-hierarchical way, employing a consensus decision-making process and recognizing the necessity of people affected to participate in those processes.
Click on the names of our supporters listed below to read what they have to say about WPIRG’s contributions to social and environmental justice work in local and international contexts.
- David Suzuki
- Stephen Lewis
- Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians
- Andrew Telegdi, Member of Parliament, Kitchener-Waterloo
- David Seljak, Director, St. Jerome’s Centre for Catholic Experience, St. Jerome’s University
- Alistair Neill Stewart, UW Environment & Resource Studies 2003
- Elizabeth Zajc, UW Environment & Resource Studies
- Janet Yip, UW 2B Electrical Engineering
- Jonathan R. Schmidt, UW Alumnus, Peace and Conflict Studies
- Robin Chauhan, UW 3B Computer Engineering
- Heather Majaury, Station Manager, CKMS (Radio Waterloo)
- Marcia Ruby, Production Coordinator, Alternatives Journal
- Randy Ulch, Publisher, Blind Spot (Indymedia paper)
- Jen Niece, UW ERS 2000
- Christine Clarke, UW Honours Arts, Rhetoric and Professional Writing, 2004
- Michael Parkinson, House of Friendship Food Hamper Program
- Judy Greenwood-Speers, Class of ’92, Co-founder of HALT7 and 7 Generations Network
- Chris Buhler, UW Alumnus
- Marc Xuereb, Health Dept, Waterloo Region, and class of ’93
- Ryan Kennedy, Health Dept., Waterloo Region (WPIRG Volunteer 1997-2001)
- James Herman, Waterloo Citizen
- Lucia Harrison, Project Coordinator, Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
- Marty Schreiter, Manager, Kitchener Downtown Business Association
- Joe Mancini, Executive Director, The Working Centre
- Joel Klassen, Christian Peacemaker Teams
- Lori Strothard, Chair, Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Air Quality (Waterloo Region
- Kate Busse, Manager, People’s Car Co-op (Kitchener-Waterloo)
- Mary Jane Patterson, Residential Energy Efficiency Project (REEP), and Community Renewable Energy Works (CREW)
- David Roewade, Public Health Planner (Environments), Waterloo Region
- Susan Sauve, Sustainable Transporation Planner, City of Peterborough
UW is a big place and sometimes the best way to support social and environmental justice action is to fund or collaborate with other student groups and initiatives. By partnering to co-organize events or through our Campus, Community and Indigenous Solidarity donations, WPIRG members have proudly supported and worked with the groups listed below (and more). Click on the titles to learn more about these amazing students and their work.