Part A - Student Certificates

Part A overview:

  • WWF Living Planet Leader Certificate

  • ECO Canada Environmental Professional (EPt) In-Training

  • SDG Students Program Certificate (coming soon)

WWF Living Planet

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This certificate is offered to post-secondary students who want to demonstrate themselves as leaders in building a sustainable future as well as build the skills that are valued by employers such as teamwork and critical thinking skills. Completion of this certificate is achieved through the demonstration of leadership, application of sustainability in academics and volunteerism. The certificate can be completed anytime between starting your post secondary career to three months after graduating.

Create an account, submit proof of completions, and earn your certificate!

Official WWF Guide 

Create your WWF Account

There are four categories to complete. They are highlighted below with ideas on how to complete them during your time as a student at the University of Waterloo!


  1. Leadership and Teamwork

How to Complete

  • Participation in student clubs, groups, associations, government with at least some delivery of environmental or sustainable awareness or action

  • Helping to lead an environmental awareness campaign, a program, or service

  • Helping to organize campus or community events of any size related to conservation or sustainability

  • Helping to lead or organize hands-on projects related to conservation or sustainability

  • See Section 5 - Volunteer Ideas for a list of volunteer ideas!


2. Personal Application of Sustainability

How to Complete

  • Complete at least 40 items on WWF’s self-guided checklist for your personal application of sustainability. Choose from items already on their list or make your own!

  • With each checklist item, you complete a short 2-3 sentence reflection on the positive environmental impact created from the action.


3. Application of Sustainability in Academics

How to Complete

  • Students are required to complete a course related to sustainability or conservation - look for aspects of sustainability in a current course you are taking, or incorporate sustainability into an aspect of a course, such as through a project.

  • If this is not possible given your program, you may choose to submit a one-page reflection on how you would apply sustainability to your academic program if given the opportunity.

  • Courses: See Section 2 Part A - Courses, for University of Waterloo course ideas.

  • Projects: In classes where you do an independent project, choose a topic centered around sustainability. For example, this could be a design project, a research project, or by working with your instructor to create sustainable practices in your academic setting.


4. Campus, Community or Global Volunteerism

How to Complete

  • Complete 40 volunteer hours in any area related to sustainability, conservation, or the environment.

  • See Section 5 - Volunteer Ideas for a list of ways to get involved!


For further questions, contact the UW Sustainability Office -



Eco Canada’s Environmental Professional (EPt)

In-Training Student Membership




Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada is an organization that supports environmental professionals. They offer an Environmental Professional (EP) designation that professionally recognizes one’s environmental expertise and unique specialization. The EPt (Environmental Professional in training) for students is a way to begin your EP designation before graduation. However, you must be in your final year of a diploma, bachelors, or graduate program. The membership lasts a total of 6 months and upon graduation, you may choose to upgrade to the Practicing EPt.

Students pay a fee of $50 plus tax and receive access to: 

  • networking opportunities

  • professional development training for soft skills

  • job search assistance

  • the opportunity to join a mentorship program where you are matched with a mentor who is already in your field of interest.


Learn more about becoming an EPt Student from the official website.

Apply to become an EPt Student!

Eco Canada also offers wage and training subsidies for those looking for employment in the environmental sector. Students as well as early professionals are eligible. Learn more here and apply to the subsidy program that is applicable to you.


Coming Soon! - SDG Students Program Certificate