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The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability is saddened by the recent death of one of our founding members and former School Directors, Sally Lerner. During her tenure from 1971 (when the School was named Man-Environment Studies) through retirement in 1996 (when it was named Environment and Resource Studies), Sally established a strong focus on social and environmental justice in the School – a focus that is stronger than ever today.

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 research.

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.

Indigenous scholar Assistant Professor Kelsey Leonard has been named SERS’ second Canada Research Chair.With global warming now raising sea levels, Leonard’s position as Chair in Indigenous Waters, Climate and Sustainability will help her explore ways of facilitating Indigenous Knowledge to restore our threatened ocean, lakes and rivers, while asserting Indigenous sovereignty. To read more, please see Kelsey’s Water Institute News story here.

We are pleased to announce that the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability will be participating in the Green Office program starting Spring 2021. The GO program seeks to reduce natural resource consumption in workspaces, fight climate change, and promote sustainable living through engagement in activities. The Green Office program will be a way for SERS faculty and staff to show their care for the environment within their workspaces on a day-to-day basis.