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. 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. 

  2. July 12, 2018Students' microfibre fix wins big at North American Youth Innovation ChallengeCEC Logo

    The Faculty of Environment is proud to announce that two of our students have won funding from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) as part of the The Youth Innovation Challenge. 

    Lauren Smith of SERS and Nicole Balliston represented Canada with their project: Stop eating your dirty laundry - Our solution to microplastic pollution.

  3. May 15, 2018CUT Award recipient leverages reflection for instructional developmentCUT Award recipient leverages reflection for instructional development

    Each year, the Centre for Teaching Excellence and Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs recognize and celebrate the teaching development efforts of a Waterloo graduate student with the Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) Award. We’re excited to announce that the 2018 CUT Award has been awarded to Caitlin Scott from the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

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  1. June 11, 2018Ocean and coastal sustainability Ocean

    On June 8, another World's Oceans Day (WOD) came and went without a lot of fanfare. Even so, WOD’s a good reminder that Canada is an ocean nation. That might seem pretty abstract at times for those of us living in southern Ontario. With three oceans (*can you name them?) and the world’s longest coast - all 244,000 beautiful kilometres of coast - we owe it to ourselves to pay more attention to 'life below water'.

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  2. May 17, 2018My Evening with Jane GoodallJane Goodall

    I should begin with a disclaimer – I did not have a one on one evening with Jane Goodall. It was more like me and a few hundred of my closest friends. But the entire evening had this intimate feeling and Dr. Goodall herself had a way of connecting with each and every person in the audience.

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  3. Mar. 8, 2018The Plate is Political: Food, Feminism and TransformationUnited Nations Committee for World Food Security in session.

    I love food. I am just as likely to get excited about Hallowe’en candy as I am about a home-cooked meal or trying a local specialty when travelling.

    Continue reading "The Plate is Political: Food, Feminism and Transformation"

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