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. Mar. 20, 2019SERS Senior Honours Poster Fair - TODAY!SERS Senior Honours Poster Fair

    Everyone’s invited to the ERS 403 Poster Fair in the SERS hallways, today, Wednesday, March 20.

    The event will run from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm as senior SERS students showcase their research from this past year.

  2. Feb. 27, 2019Thank you Steve for a decade as SERS directorNew director Simon Courtenay and past director Stephen Murphy

    The SERS community gathered at the Grad House to celebrate and thank Steve Murphy for his years of service leading SERS.

  3. Sep. 18, 2018Jennifer Clapp wins Innis-Gérin Medal for enriching social sciences literatureJennifer Clapp

    Jennifer Clapp, a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment, has been awarded the 2018 Innis Gérin-Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. The biennial award, presented by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), honours a Canadian scholar for their distinguished and sustained contribution to the literature of the social sciences. 

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  1. May 22, 2019A pattern language for traditional music and resilient communityStudents playing the violin.

    Appalled by the inhuman failures of modern architecture and planning, critics such as Jane Jacobs reflected on the capacity of traditional, vernacular, unplanned and organic development to produce pleasing, diverse and human scale architectural designs and townscapes.

    Continue reading: A pattern language for traditional music and resilient community

  2. Apr. 17, 2019Ritual matters for ecologyWorld map painted on both human hands.

    Rationally speaking, there is a broad scientific consensus on the human causes of climate change, yet we have not managed to deal with it in practical terms. There is a dismaying lack of progress on many environmental issues despite the passage of almost fifty years since the inception of the environmental movement.

    Continue reading: Ritual matters for ecology

  3. Mar. 22, 2019Flush your disgustOil and water splashes together

    In a World Water Day Op Ed article for The Globe and Mail, Sarah Wolfe wrote about the connection between emotions and water.

    Continue reading: Flush your disgust

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