From Problems to Solutions

Environmental challenges can seem overwhelming. We’re constantly bombarded with news and information about air and water pollution, climate change, habitat and species loss, food shortages and other problems that threaten humanity. In the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS), we understand the seriousness of these challenges – but we are focused on solutions that will allow us to navigate towards a sustainable future.

  1. May 27, 2020SERS professor wins prestigious Killam Research Fellowship
    Jennifer Clapp

    Waterloo food security expert Jennifer Clapp has been awarded a Killam fellowship for her work on the rise of agrifood mega-companies and the implications for the global food system.

  2. Apr. 8, 2020Meet Environment’s newest Trudeau Scholar

    We are proud to announce SERS student Anita Lazurko was chosen as one of 16 Trudeau Scholars for 2020.

    Lazurko is completing a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) at the University of Waterloo. Her research explores transformation pathways in river basins attempting to build adaptivity and/or resilience to uncertain climatic and socio-economic futures.

  3. Mar. 31, 2020Why communities must be at the heart of conserving wildlife, plants and ecosystems

    A little more than a year ago, the Haida Nation released the Land-Sea-People plan to manage Gwaii Haanas, off the coast of northern British Columbia, “from mountaintop to seafloor as a single, interconnected ecosystem.”

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  1. May 13, 2020Secure the Soil before we lose it!
    Soil pictures

    The dilemma began when we challenged ourselves to solve the elemental issue of food security about a century ago. We assumed that the climate would not change, but unknowingly we created numerous environmental issues through industrial agriculture causing the degradation of the natural resources such as soil. We thought focusing on the interdependent human needs – water, energy and food is enough to address the current and future challenge of sustaining humankind while protecting and addressing environmental concerns. But, the continuous degradation of the soil as the human needs interacted showed we were, and still are, obviously getting nowhere fast. If we do not recognize the role of soil as a critical component of food, energy and water security, we are treading on dangerous grounds!

  2. Mar. 9, 2020SERS Stories: Traditional music for community resilience: Shetland fieldwork

    I I just returned from a life-changing five months in the Shetland Islands where I was doing field work for my PhD.

  3. Feb. 6, 2020SERS Stories: ERS 340 Ecosystem Assessment Spring Field Course

    For three weeks in May, students had the opportunity to get hands-on experience in many ecological field skills. Further, students worked towards receiving certifications in some professionally recognized programs.

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