Shaping our Sustainable Future

For over 50 years the Faculty of Environment has been dedicated to having a positive impact locally and globally. With interdisciplinary programs and research, our community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and industry partners make meaningful change happen in the classroom, the office, and in communities around the world, Together. Our vision is to use our unique position as a leading teaching and research institute for the environment to create sustainable solutions needed to address the complex challenges facing our world.

  1. Sep. 14, 2021Democratizing local smart energy systems
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    Chad Walker, Environment’s most-recent AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient, discusses his new research project, An Opportunity for Smart Local Energy Systems to ‘Build Back Better’ in Ontario. It will focus on issues of equity, justice, and support for clean energy technologies as they roll-out across the province, not only in places that can traditionally afford them

  2. Sep. 2, 2021Jack Rosen winner Decomp keeps up momentum with 2021 CEC Youth Innovation Challenge title
    Haya EL-Merheby

    Decomp, a cross-faculty student venture, was declared winner of the 2021 CEC Youth Innovation Challenge hosted by The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Decomp is an organic plastic waste disposal solution that utilizes proprietary, plastic-degrading microbes to facilitate the degradation of plastics in weeks.

  3. Aug. 6, 2021SERS' Derek Armitage: Protecting biodiversity requires novel strategies and new policy tools
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    The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability researchers Derek Armitage says, 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.

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  1. Sep. 29, 2021Decolonizing the Meanings of Research: A lifelong process of learning, unlearning and relearning responsibilities
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    The Faculty of Environment invites you to attend a special Speakers Series on Decolonizing Methodologies for Respectful Sustainability Research this fall. Sessions will take place during the last week of each month. The first session, featuring Dr. Ranjan Datta from Mount Royal University Calgary, is on Sept 29 from 12- 1:30 pm. 

  2. Sep. 29, 2021Consulting Work and Career-Planning Tips 
    Mariam Gill

    What exactly does a consultant do and how do you get into the field? Join ERS grad, Mariam Gill, to learn about her career as a Sustainability and Climate Change consultant and insights and resources on networking, mentorship, career planning and more. 

  3. Oct. 6, 2021Adapting in Ambiguity: COVID-19 and the Public Sector
    Chris Rickett

    Join planning alumnus, Chris Rickett as he shares insights from his work leading the City of Toronto’s economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Chris will highlight how in the early days of the pandemic, public servants had to adapt quickly and come together to collaborate on solutions that could be rapidly implemented.

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