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. Sep. 27, 20212020-2021 Recipients of the SERS Good Citizen Award

    Congratulations to Lowine Hill and Madu Galappaththi for their recognition as SERS student achievement leaders. Lowine and Madu (in collaboration with planning student Sarah Ghorpade) established a unique program for the Faculty of Environment that focuses on critical reflections on the colonial aspects of sustainability resear

  2. Aug. 11, 2021SERS' Derek Armitage: Protecting biodiversity requires novel strategies and new policy tools
    Beach

    In light of the meeting of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and negotiations around post-2020 global conservation targets, there is renewed attention on the need to assess and apply novel conservation policy tools. One of these tools is referred to as ‘Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs)’. 25 experts representing 26 institutions and 14 countries recently published a paper in Nature that assesses for the first time the core opportunities and challenges of OECMS to address the biodiversity crisis. This work is one output of Science for People Partnership (SNAPP) ‘Coastal Outcomes’ working group.

  3. Aug. 5, 2021Reflecting on how to prepare tomorrow's sustainability leaders
    Barbeau and Wolfe

    This article originally appeared on the Faculty of Environment's website.

    School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) professors Sarah Elizabeth Wolfe and Christine Barbeau are leading a collaborative research program that recently received a $200,000 SSHRC Partnership Development grant to study how fear and awe influence how students learn about and respond to climate change.

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  1. Sep. 17, 2021SERS Stories: Re-imagining Conservation through the Lens of Social Equity
    Carved fish outside a store in Haida Gwaii

    What is social equity and why is it important in marine conservation?

    Recently, I was part of a paper by the Blue Nature Alliance involving co-authors from different countries and different organisations, with diverse knowledge and experiences including academics, practitioners and PhD students like myself. We attempted to put into words how and why equity is central for successful marine conservation research, policy and practice.

  2. July 7, 2021SERS Stories: Beth Grant ESAC Conference
    Beth Grant

    How does climate change make you feel?

    After experiencing the mental health impacts of climate change firsthand during her university degree, recent ERS grad Beth Grant decided to pose this question to her peers through her undergraduate thesis project which she recently presented at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada’s annual research conference.

  3. Feb. 19, 2021SERS Stories: ENV Student Weekly Challenge
    ENV Student Weekly Challenge posted on picture of trees

    A self-conducted interview by Ben Muller

    Meet Ben Muller, a 4th year student on co-op with SERS for the second time. This story describes the benefit of doing something twice, and how he used his experience as a student to direct his work efforts this term. 

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