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. Dec. 12, 2017COP23 Reflection by Sanchi SharmaChanging minds not the climate poster art mural on the wall.

    It has always been a dream of mine to attend a United Nations conference as I was intrigued with how such vast number of professionals from various disciplines come together to create impactful decisions.

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  2. Nov. 22, 2017ERS 316 (Urban Water and Wastewater) Students Support Water CharitiesA collection of Water Mission cards.

    As part of their thematic group project, ERS 316 students had the option of incorporating a charitable activity. They researched their themes’ key issues, identified and evaluated a local or international charity working on those water issues, and then created and undertook a fundraising effort to generate a donation to their charity of choice.

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  3. Sep. 27, 2017Experiential Learning in ERS 265: Water HistoryERS 265 students, Sarah Wolfe and Grand River guides.

    It was an absolutely beautiful day as the students of ERS 265 — Social and Environmental History of Water — paddled down the Grand River.

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  1. Dec. 12, 2017What Lies BeneathAndrew holding a corduroy.

    I joined SERS just over two years ago and before I had students to supervise, an office with a window, or a group of co-conspirators with (occasional) late-afternoon thirst, my office was overflowing with waterlogged—potentially mold-steeped—ancient wood.

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  2. Nov. 17, 2017Great Lakes ConnectionsWater Quality Board Presenters

    SERS brings together a diverse group of people focused on tackling the profound ecological and social issues confronting humanity. We’re interested in different kinds of problems, but we all seem to like rolling up our sleeves and getting involved. As a result, we often find ourselves working with or alongside the people experiencing the problems we study, or implementing solutions.

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  3. Oct. 25, 2017More than a playground for ghosts and zombies: Cemeteries, mortality fears and our landscape preferencesArlington National Cemetery in autumn.

    Living beside a cemetery is never boring and, contrary to popular belief, it isn’t quiet. There are kids taking shortcuts on the walk to school, old married couples strolling and bickering, yappy dogs harassing squirrels, and teenagers – on dark summer nights – daring each other to do silly things.

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